ADAPTED FROM THE 1932 ERNST LUBITSCH FILM OF THE SAME NAME
a great-looking, giddy little production, playfully mocking
and reveling in the impossible glamour of those Depression-era movies
about money and mores.... As the criminal couple, Jeremy Shamos and
Hellman are smooth as silk. Carolyn Baeumler is elegant and sympathetic
as their target, Madame Colet."
-New York Times (Anita Gates), 6/23/06 - "Trouble in Paradise: The Impossible Glamour That Was Lubitsch" - Click here to read entire review
"ENCHANTING...Directed with jaunty aplomb by Elyse Singer, the actors glide smoothly into a witty simulacrum of the movie. Jeremy Shamos, his voice a cultivated purr, excels as the suave international thief Gaston Morescu; the vulpine Nina Hellman tears amusingly into the role of his life-partner in crime, and Carolyn Baeumler has a sweetly soft presence as their easy-living, free-spirited mark...Set designer Lauren Halpern and costumer Theresa Squire—squeezing great-looking work out of a presumably tight budget—help make this stylish production pop like a bottle of domestic champagne. Trouble in Paradise is Off-Off heaven: a $20 show that plays like a million bucks. "Time Out New York (Adam Feldman) 6/29/06 Click here to read entire review
his wide brow and taut grin, Shamos radiates a debonair
insouciance, and wide-eyed Hellman nearly outdoes him with her brassy
guile...The director and designers have great fun with the piece's
costumes and art deco milieu. Hellman's gold lamé, Rattazzi's
garters, even an unpretentious telephone table threaten to steal the
show (perhaps not such a surprise in a comedy about thievery). The
bouncy, blurting jazz score by Steven Bernstein also makes away with
is a fairly Edenic evening." -- Village
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Frothy swindle comedy
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theatrical adaptation would make Lubitsch proud, as the jokes and
punch lines consistently hit their mark. The entire cast of Trouble in
Paradise had the audience in its palm and roaring approval, as reliably
as a laugh track. "
-offoffbroadway.com (Adrienne Cea), 6/16/06 - "Stolen Hearts" - Click here to read entire review
once in a while a reviewer discovers a sparkling gem in a little
theatre off-off Broadway... Singer gives us action, smart snappy
movement, perfectly timed dialogue and a great cast. TROUBLE IN
PARADISE is a swell show with great charm, sophistication, and panache,
and is entertaining from start to finish. Long may it wave!"
-Lively Arts, 6/22/06 - Click here to read entire review
"The Hourglass Group’s stage adaptation of the Ernst Lubitsch’s 1932 film Trouble In Paradise is a joy. The physical production is gorgeous with art deco sets by Lauren Helpern and amazing costumes by Theresa Squire. Director Elyse Singer has assembled a terrific cast with extra kudos to the always-brilliant Steven Rattazzi, Jeremy Shamos and especially the OBIE-worthy Nina Hellman in the Miriam Hopkins role." Off-Off-Blogway Click here to read entire review
here to read Time Out New York's feature article "BELLE OF THE
actor Nina Hellman goes high camp in Trouble in Paradise. "
to Elyse Singer's interview on WCKR Radio's
Arts and Answers
Monday July 10: 9:30-10:00 pm - Director, Elyse Singer, discusses the Off-Broadway play, "Trouble in Paradise" that is currently playing at the Hudson Guild Theatre, which is located at 441 W 26th Street. "Trouble in Paradise" is based on a 1932 film of the same name that tells the tale of two crooks' attempt to swindle a wealthy widow. Hosted By Madeline Lewis
This production is made possible by generous grants from the Greenwall Foundation, the Axe-Houghton Foundation, the Independence Community Fund, the A.R.T./New York Nancy Quinn Fund, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Manhattan Community Arts Fund and by individual donors.
The cast and production stage manager appear courtesty of Actors' Equity Association. AEA Approved Seasonal Showcase.