While a great deal of attention and interest has been focused on Alex Gibney’s scientology documentary, let’s not forget the rave reviews for Allen Barton’s Disconnection.
Every person I know who has attended absolutely raves about it. I was very bummed to discover that there was no performance on any of the nights I was in LA last week. I am hoping it is such a success that it gets a much deserved wider release.
Here is a sampling of press reaction:
Barton is a clever enough writer to keep his audience fiercely attentive… And he’s fortunate in having a director, Joel Polis, who has cast actors fine enough to keep the characters human…. Carter Scott’s Tess is the play’s glowing conscience… Robert L. Hughes’ Oldman is a perfect gem of a performance, and Everette Wallin’s Chairman is so wrong-headed and smug, one wants to throttle him… —LA Stage Raw
A very strong cast… certainly not what anyone would have ever expected to see at the Beverly Hills Playhouse… —LAist
Potent and provocative…. Superb. —PJ Media
Groundbreaking… This is a play worth seeing because it is a play to open the mind to how religious extremism can blind even those with the greatest intent. —LA Examiner
Thought-provoking… a powerful indictment of contemporary religious intrusion into personal lives… not [to] be missed… Carter Scott is exceptional… Luke Cook is perfect… Everette Wallin is frightening… Barton need to be commended for so ably telling this disturbing and pertinent story. —Hollywood Revealed
A powerful production…. Robert L. Hughes ably humanizes his demonized character… —Broadway World
A riveting two hours… the production is a powerful indictment of the dark side of dedication to a Church, its doctrines and its intrusions into personal relationships… A relentless, gut-wrenching expose… The entire cast and production team of “DISCONNECTION” deserve special mention, with extra-special kudos to Playwright Allen Barton and skillful director Joel Polis for giving us this incredible play. —LA Splash
If you live anywhere near Los Angeles, make the time to go and see this play. Encourage your friends and family to attend. You will be supporting the fight against the abusive practice of disconnection.