WHAT THE CRITICS are saying about “On The Money” by Kos Kostmayer, directed by Tom Ormeny now playing at The Victory Theatre Center Fridays & Saturday at 8 PM and Sundays at 4 pm – NOW EXTENDED through March 30, 2014!
“It’s a barnburner.” Don Shirley, LAStage Times
“… as the noose around Jack tightens, and as, imperiled, he evolves toward the dramatic center, (actor Jonathan Kells Phillips) reveals the strength and nuance that he as an actor is capable of. It helps that (Tony) Maggio’s hoodlum is effectively menacing, and that Jeff Kober’s turn as an oddball customer who keeps returning to the bar – each time a little loopier – plays unpredictably and persuasively. (Playwright) Kostmayer…. knows all about neuroses, fear and obsession, and instills them into his characters and their circumstances with humor and pathos. -DEBORAH KLUGMAN, L.A. ARTS BEAT
“Tom Ormeny’s robust ensemble and taut staging allow the story to sparkle all the way to its melodramatic finale.” – STEVEN LEIGH MORRIS, L.A. WEEKLY
“Magnificently written with rich and visceral characters by playwright Kos Kostmayer and extremely well-coordinated and directed by the Victory Theatre’s own Tom Ormeny… All in all, “On The Money” has an amazing and wonderfully talented ensemble cast! … just go and rush to see this one, you will not be disappointed!” – LORENZO MARCHESSI, NOHO ARTS DISTRICT
“… a very powerful and honest production… The power of this production lies in the strength of its actors and how their stories remind us of our own… we see ourselves in the vulnerability of these characters and that is why “On The Money” is a show every server, bartender, actor, writer, and human being should see.” – FIORELLA MAYORCA, VALLEY SCENE MAGAZINE
“The evening certainly has its pleasures. The performances of the universally strong cast are a big plus, and design elements (D. Martyn Bookwalter’s atmospheric set and lights, Bonny Baldwin’s costumes, Rob Corn’s sound) are first-rate.”- LES SPINDLE, FRONTIERS L.A.COM
“…Tom Ormany, has brought the play roaring back to life with a suite of actors who constitute a smooth ensemble of unique characters… Engaging performances are not restricted to the core group (Jonathan Kells Phillips, David Fraioli, Maria Tomas, Vincent Guastaferro), however; Tony Maggio makes a great bookie; Cara Manuele and Robert Dominick Jones as rowdy patrons are fine; and Jeff Kober as T.C. Hopper is an ominous cowboy who shows up out of the blue.” – LEIGH KENNICOTT, STAGEHAPPENINGS.COM
“… most arresting about Kostmayer’s sometimes ominous, surprisingly hilarious study… is how quickly the conflict escalates… each and every one (of the player) contributing remarkable performances that could define what ensemble acting is all about. Kober and Maggio are particularly arresting in their portrayals, both exquisite veteran actors able to find layers and layers of subtle nuance…” -TRAVIS HOLDER, ARTS IN L.A.
“Currently at Burbank’s venerable Victory Theatre is Kos Kostmayer’s exhilarating tale On The Money, directed by Tom Ormeny. It is a brilliant revelation of human emotion exquisitely executed by a truly stellar cast. This is live theatre at its very best. I cannot recall the last time I was treated to such superb acting at any venue. . . what is currently onstage at the Victory Theatre is without question the best entertainment available in Southern California. . .”On The Money” is a must see show.” – EXAMINER
“It is a play that depicts what happens to good people when they are pushed to the extreme and hit a breaking point. It’s tragic, it’s honest, it’s humorous and it’s dramatic. On The Money features superbly talented actors. . .Never have I seen such a strong cast… The Victory Theatre Center has done a remarkable job with this production. The set is beautiful, the staging is realistic, the script is meaningful and the acting is impactful.” – MADISON JONES, Burbank Today
“Directed powerfully and poignantly by Tom Ormeny! …This is a very strong production that holds the audience under its gritty spell throughout! … This is a totally enthralling play that has a lot to say … Do plan to see it!” – PAT TAYLOR, THE TOLUCAN TIMES
“ON THE MONEY is 100% “Sweet!” – BITTERLEMONS.COM