"Success didn't spoil me; I've
always been insufferable."
Palos Verdes Theatre named Autumn Browne "Best Director" 1997-1998 Season.
The L.A. Times said that "Autumn Browne directs with tenderness and interesting insights" in reviewing her production of "Rain" at the Theatre District.
"... sharply witty direction of Autumn Browne," said the Easy Reader of "Pure As The Driven Snow"
"'Brighton Beach Memoirs'... is an especially fine production, skillfully directed by Autumn Browne," says the Palos Verdes Peninsula News
AS THE DRIVEN SNOW
Pure As The Driven Snow, a tongue-in-cheek melodrama at the Palos Verdes Players Theater in Torrance, will be particularly enjoyed by the very young at heart and the very old at heart... nicely recreated melodrama form, complete with innocent heroine in peril and mustachioed villain, determined to have her in his power... the audience will be much too busy laughing at the wonderfully campy send-up of the melodrama genre...
Under the sharply witty direction of Autumn Browne, the cast gets the most out of the laugh-a-minute soap opera-ish plot. By the time the third act is over... we all have tummy aches from laughing.
This was a very likeable cast, each actor succeeding in the task of personalizing their character nicely in the midst of a large cast and a script that could easily lead to smeared-together ensemble work. Their timing was hot, and their physical comedy was a pleasure to witness up close.
For an evening of family entertainment that's also surprisingly clever satire, this play is a strong offering, and it provides a cathartic outlet via booing, hissing, foot stomping and cheering that may well be at least as therapeutic as a visit to a psychologist - and lots less expensive.
Autumn was introduced to the work of New Voices Playwright's Workshop in April 1998 when she was asked to direct John Lane's play "Rain". The LA Times said "Autumn Browne directs 'Rain' with tenderness and some interesting insights into a marriage that's on the rocks but might be saved," and "directs with a convincingly wry touch" from the Daily Pilot. In December 1998 she directed Michael Buss' play "Promises" for the holiday show, The Twelve Plays of Christmas. The following year she directed two Brookhurst Drama students in "The Bear Went Over The Mountain", and portrayed a suspicious journalist in "Far North, Inc."
It's hard to go wrong with a good, old-fashioned Neil Simon comedy on a long summer evening -- after all, Simon is the foremost playwright in the English-speaking world today. But "Brighton Beach Memoirs", now on stage at the Palos Verdes Players in Torrance, is an especially fine production, skillfully directed by Autumn Browne. This is good family fare that draws heart-warming chuckles. The cast is even, and individual actors deliver consistently fine performances.