Thespian Thoughts Theatre Review of My Three Angels

My Three Angels

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The Group Rep presents Sam and Bella Spewack’s dark comedy MY THREE ANGELS, directed by Larry Eisenberg, produced by Laura Coker and Troy Whitaker, opening Friday, December 9 at 8pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm, December 9, 2011 – January 15, 2012 (12/25 and 01/01, 7pm shows only) at the
Lonny Chapman Theatre in the NoHo Arts District in North Hollywood, CA 91601.

MY THREE ANGELS is a sweet, Christmas show built on murder and mayhem. On tropical Devil’s Island, three convicts on a work release program are employed as roofers by a struggling shopkeeper and his family. The trio takes pity on their kindly employer who will surely lose his business when the overbearing cousin comes from France to audit the books. Using guile, a little romance and a well behaved snake, the trio craft a plan to set matters straight, achieve justice for the shopkeeper and redemption for themselves.

Cast includes Robert Gallo, Doug Haverty, Garrett Marshall, Hersha Parady, Lloyd Pedersen, Julia Silverman, Daniel Sykes, Chris Winfield, and Kelsi Zahl.

The play was adapted twice to film.  In 1955, We’re No Angels starred Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Aldo Ray, Joan Bennett, Basil Rathbone, and Leo G. Carroll, directed by Michael Curtiz, who had directed Bogart in Casablanca; one of the rare comedies that Bogart made.  Based on the play by Samuel and Bella Spewack the screenplay was written by Ranald MacDougall.”  In 1989, the play was adapted again with the plot retooled into We’re No Angels, a comedy film directed by Neil Jordan starring Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, and Demi Moore.


LARRY EISENBERG (Director) Larry Eisenberg is an actor, writer and director.  He earned his MFA in Directing from the California Institute of the Arts, received a DramaLogue Award for directing the world premiere adaptation of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s Stories for Children at the Hudson Theatre and has directed numerous productions at The Lonny Chapman Theatre.  His favorites include The Poor of New York, Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful, Chaim’s Love Song, Over the River and Through the Woods and his original play, Nautilus which was later turned into a feature film entitled “Fish Don’t Blink” starring Lea Thompson and Dee Wallace Stone.  He currently serves as one of the two co-artistic directors at the Group Rep.

Laura Coker (Producer)  Laura has been a member of the Group Rep for several years, as an actress (Costanza in GRT’s production of Enchanted April), and as a GRT producer (The Sunshine Boys; Over the River and Through the Woods).  Her training at the Group Rep prepared her for creating her own production company, Angry Amish Productions.  Most recently, Laura produced the Los Angeles premiere of Firehouse, which ran for seven months at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks.

William Troy Whitaker (Producer) Troy joined the Group Rep in July 2011 as a part of the PA program. He has stage managed two shows for the company including Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. Currently, he is a 3rd year film student at Cal State Northridge.


Robert Gallo (Jules) Robert last appeared as Roat in Wait Until Dark.   GRT appearances: Lend Me a Tenor, Greetings, A Nice Family Gathering, Sylvia, and King of the City, An Evening with Al Capone. guest and co-star credits include AMERICA’S MOST WANTED, EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS, WITHOUT A TRACE and the 2nd season premiere of SHAMELESS playing Hugo (Jan. ’12)  Lead roles in films: STREET BOSS, DUMB LUCK IN VEGAS, AMERICAN BORN, and SINNERS.

Doug Haverty (Felix) GRT appearances: “And Then There Were None” as Judge Wargrave, “A Christmas Carol” as Bob Cratchit, “Inspecting Carol” as Wayne, “Arsenic and Old Lace” as Mortimer; “A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol” as Gunner, “Lend Me A Tenor” as Max; around town: Ray Bradbury’s “Falling Upward” at The Falcon & at Theatre West. Also, a playwright, his musical “Inside Out” (co-written with Adryan Russ) and plays “In My Mind’s Eye,” “Next Window, Please” all originated at the Group Rep.

Garrett Marshall (Alfred) graduated from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.  Recently, Garrett performed in the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival in productions of Merchant of Venice (Lorenzo), The Jew of Malta (Calymath/Mathias/Bernardine), The Tamer Tamed (Petruchio), and Taming of the Shrew (Tailor/Petruchio U/S).  Film credits include Disney’s “Race to Witch Mountain”.               

Hersha Parady (Madame Parole) garnered a Best Actress Nomination from the LA Drama Critics and a Dramalogue Award for Best Actress for her performances in three previous GRT productions. She played Jon Voight’s “Stella” at the Studio Arena Theatre and most recently, was seen as Mother Miriam Ruth in Agnes of God and Lilly in 6 Dance Lessons in 6 weeks. On the small screen she appeared as Alice Garvey on Little House on the Prairie (Series Regular).

Lloyd Pedersen (Joseph)  Lloyd has been a member of GRT since 2004, with memorable roles in Baby, Heroes, The Pushcart Peddlers, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Sunshine Boys (2005 ADA Award winner), and Gene Casey’s Theatresongs.  Regional and National Tours: eLove, a, H.M.S Pinafore, Tony Tanner’s Second Thoughts, Kiss Me Kate, The Music Man, Amadeus, and In The Boom Boom Room (w/ Julie Newmar), among others.

Julia Silverman (Emilie) Julia is making her mainstage debut with The Group Repertory Theatre. Theatre credits include, “The Gingerbread Man” at the Lewis Family Playhouse, “A Shayna Maidel” at International City Theatre, “The Comedy of Errors” at Nevada Shakespeare, “Night of the Iguana”, “Picnic” and “The Wild Duck”, at A Noise Within, and “Equus” at West Coast Ensemble. Julia also narrates the Planetarium show at Griffith Observatory.  For Film/TV see

Daniel Sykes (Paul) Dan’s theatre credits include: Amadeus/Rep East Playhouse, Equus/Nearly Naked Theatre (Arizona Republic Best Supporting Actor), Merchant of Venice, Loves Labours Lost/Porters of Hellsgate, La Bete (Critics Choice: Best Actor), Rabbit Hole/Sitham Theatre, SubUrbia/Pullman Lane, and Of Mice and Men/Rep East Playhouse.   Film/TV:  The Grudge 2: Tales From.., Wizards of Waverly Place, Friday the 13: Lost Tales from Camp Blood, The 18 Year Old Virgin, Passions, Mind of Mencia.  Dan was a 2003 National ARTS Award Winner.

Chris Winfield (Henri) Mr. Winfield’s most recent appearances at the GRT were in The Poor of New York, and Wait Until Dark.   A member of the Group Rep since 1984, Chris has been the resident set designer for the past 10 years. He is also co-Artistic Director of the company.  Film and TV credits include “Firefox”, “M*A*S*H”, “Baywatch”, “The Nanny”, and “Eli Stone”.

Kelsi Zahl (Marie Louise)  Kelsi is an actor, singer, and writer.  Favorites theater roles include: Nina in “The Seagull”, Virginia Woolf  in the “Ophelia Project” (Premiere), and Cat in the National Tour of “PETER AND THE WOLF”.

Production photos by Sherry Netherland

Listing:        MY THREE ANGELS

WHEN:       December 9, 2011 – January 15, 2012
                     Friday & Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm (12/25 & 01/01, 7pm shows only)
TICKETS:  $15 – $22. Ticket purchase/Info: or (818) 763-5990
WHERE:     Lonny Chapman Theatre at 10900 Burbank Boulevard, NoHo 91601

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