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NICE THINGS – Very Nice! NICE THINGS

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What they’re saying….

“Melocchi is not really interested in pointing fingers and playing the blame game… all his characters are victims of circumstance —and the human condition.”  Neal Weaver – Stage Raw

This play packs a one-two punch that comes out of nowhere leaving the audience gasping for breath and wondering what else can happen. Part of the intrigue is the back story…YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS PRODUCTION.” – Jose Ruiz –  Review Plays

“I should tell you that I really liked “Nice Things”, which seemed exemplary of what theater needs to be, and not so much about what it doesn’t. Good to be witness to a show that exists so much in its moments and needn’t necessarily have any life outside of that to validate itself” – Myron Meisel – Theatre Critic

Nice Things has a powerful and lasting message that left me deep in thought as I pondered the burning question, “is our military really on a volunteer basis? Is war worth the price? – Rose Desena – Los Angeles Post

“NICE HAS SOMETHING TO SAY”  – “Playwright Vince Melocchi really excels with the driving action of this play…gripping. It has something rather important to say.” –  Patrick Hurley – That awesome theatre blog!

“Melocchi doesn’t go that route. He digs deep and gives us a complex character… makes a strong case for the rest of us not to forget these people, especially those who gave their lives for our freedom and well-being. The play does all it can to remember and honor them.” – Willard Manus – Totaltheatre.com

 Very Nice! The world premiere of Vince Melocchi’s Nice Things receives a solid mounting with all creative elements perfectly in place… top-notch production elements make Nice Things a very nice 85 minutes of entertainment. – Gil Kaan – Broadway World

 

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Pictured: Michael Hanson and Connor Kelly – Eiding

Photo by John Flynn

Links:

http://stageraw.com/2014/10/16/nice-things/

http://reviewplays.com/10-14-jr-nicething.htm

http://www.totaltheater.com/?q=node/6029

http://www.thelosangelespost.org/nice-things-reviewed-rose-desena/

http://www.broadwayworld.com/los-angeles/article/BWW-Reviews-NICE-THINGS-Very-Nice-20141020#

https://thatawesometheatreblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/27/an-interview-with-nice-things-playwright-vince-melocchi/

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L.A Weekly – “Pick of the Week”

GO…an all-around touching portrait of Middle America, a reminder that ‘real Americans’ need not be so reductively characterized as Joe the Plumber.” Luis Reyes  – L.A. Weekly

“…the ensemble does a masterful job of depicting a posse of bar archetypes. Anderson’s embittered barfly and Zinsser’s tough-talking and resigned spinster are particularly wonderfully vivid and recognizable figures, and McKenzie’s turn as the increasingly desperate Spook, all nicotine-stained voice and machismo as he inescapably devolves into drunken bumhood, is genuinely engrossing.” Paul Birchall  – Back Stage

“Playwright Vince Melocchi’s somber ensemble drama about
a group of underachieving pals hanging out at a Detroit neighborhood bar, watching their lives drift down the toilet as the economy tanks around them, possesses a worldly prescience, neatly anticipating the country’s current fiscal woes.”  – Backstage West

“In Vince Melocchi’s play, Lions, we are privy to the hardships of a group of downtrodden men and women who are faced with the economic sufferings of today’s world. Playing at the Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, Lions is a compelling play, performed with realism by a gifted cast under the direction of Guellermo Cienfuegos.” Stagehappenings

Lions is about hope…about the endurance of a middle class getting squeezed…finding life amid the lifeless” – Drew Sharp – Detroit Free Press

Links:

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette feature article

Examiner.com interview with Vince and the director and Los Angeles cast of LIONS

Order LIONS at amazon.com

JULIA 

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Justin Preston and Marley McClean Photo by Alex Moy

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Richard Fancy and Justin Preston  Photo by Alex Moy

Julia is a very touching work by playwright Vince Melocchi written with the conviction that the little, almost incidental, acts of youth can haunt us for a lifetime…. a vibrant exploration of love and regret…. takes a simple story and brings it to the personal level, with immediacy, honesty and restraint.” – Reviews Off Broadway

“…precisely drawn and movingly dramatized. Vince Melocchi creates immediacy and intimacy. What appears to be a simple story embraces the larger concept of crossing chasms…This is a satisfying evening of solid theater.” – Playing Around- N.Y

“Critic’s pick – … Melocchi’s new play, sensitively directed by Guillermo Cienfuegos, is eloquently understated and gracefully melancholic, subtly packing an emotional punch.”     “Melocchi’s script offers a resonant depiction of small-town life, illuminating crushing disappointments experienced by ordinary people ” Les Spindle –  Backstage 

GO!  –  Melocchi’s writing is deceptively top-heavy with conversations that at first appear pointless but gradually coalesce to construct the psychological underpinnings of strikingly plausible blue-collar characters.”  Paul Birchall –   L.A. WEEKLY

“…the play has the low-key feel of real life — just regular people making up their lives as they go along.”…. this small, sweet play really lives…. ” Charlotte Stoudt –   L. A  TIMES 

RECOMMENDED!  – Melocchi has written a wonderful touching play with marvelous characters, each once created perfectly…” –  Stagehappenings

JULIA is…surprising, tense, funny, sweet and redemptive.  Melocchi approaches his characters pathos with a comic poignancy; this allows the subject matter to resonate long after we have left the theatre” – Tony Frankel-  Stage and Cinema

“…the unconscious sensitivity of Melocchi’s precise text…never leaves the audience in any doubt that a great memory drama is being created.” – Madeleine Shaner- Beverly Press

” See JULIA and/or any other play Vince Melocchi writes.” – Suzy Williams –  The Beachhead

Links:

Julia in The Week

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