Open Fist Theatre Company


Neil Simon’s Musical Fools

A hilarious musical adaptation of the Neil Simon play, Fools, with book and lyrics by Simon, and music and lyrics by Phil Swann and Ron West (deLEARious, The People Vs Friar Laurence). In 1893 Ukraine, a young tutor arrives in Kulyenchikov after a harrowing journey — only to discover that the village is cursed, rendering every resident as dumb as a bag of rocks. Will he fall victim to the curse, or can he save himself and the village too?

CLEVERHILARIOUS… like a Monty Python version of Fiddler on the Roof performed by the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players. Off-the-wall hysterical choreography by Louisa Kendrick Burton greatly enhances the comedy… It’s very apparent from the joy displaced during every scene, especially the big production numbers, that the fun on stage is real and born from deep within the hearts of all involved in the show… I guarantee you will laugh uncontrollably throughout.”
— Shari Barrett, Broadway World (read the full review)


FOUR STARS… a whimsical two acts filled with lots of laughs, some very hummable music and the inevitable happy ending… the cast is excellent…”
— Patricia Foster Rye, Larchmont Chronicle (read the full review)


RECOMMENDED… STAGE RAW TOP 10COMEDY GOLD…  the perfect holiday musical for our times…”
— Stephen Fife, Stage Raw (read the full review)


ANOTHER ROLLICKING OPEN FIST TRIUMPH… gut-busting funny from curtain up to curtain down. The music is awesome too! Do not miss… VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
— Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move (read the full review)


CHARMS… a delightful farce that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats.”
— Marilyn Tower Oliver, Los Feliz Ledger (read the full review)


ENCHANTING… RIDICULOUSLY CLEVER… a charming, bouncy, and delightful story of ill-fated lovers who must rise above adversity. Lyrics are clever and humorous – with lots of opportunities for laughter throughout. The large ensemble cast does a terrific piece of work keeping the fantastic funny and fun as they sing their hearts out.”
— Elaine Mura, LA Splash (read the full review)


FABULOUSLY FUNNY… BREATHLESSLY ENERGETIC… VISUALLY SPLENDID… Complex, detailed choreography delivered with hilarious precision… The musical numbers come fast and furious with an expert band… so hilarious that I giggled, guffawed, snorted, and howled basically through out the whole show.”
— Paul Myrvold, Theatre Notes (read the full review)


CHARMING… The characters are a mix of Seussical like figures and Wizard of Oz munchkins… each musical number outshin[es] the previous…you’ll find yourself humming upon leaving the theatre, the tell tale sign of a hit song. To escape a real world, fraught with worry and fear, come see ‘Musical Fools’”
— Bonnie Priever, Curtain Up (read the full review)


“FUNNY… An enthusiastic cast, accompanied by a truly delightful live orchestra… strong singing and really clever choreography… Applause for all of the Fools on the stage and those of us cavorting in the audience.”
— Michael Sheehan, On Stage Los Angeles (read the full review)


“WOWAs perfect an adaptation as any Neil Simon and/or musical theater lover could hope for, directed by West with abundant joie de stupidité and performed by an all-around stellar cast…”
— Stephen Stanley, Stage Scene LA (read the full review)


— Lisa Lyons, Desert Star Weekly (read the full review)

• Book and Lyrics by Neil Simon
• Music and Lyrics by Phil Swann and Ron West
• Adapted from the play Fools by Neil Simon.
• Directed by Ron West
• Music Direction by Jan Roper
• Choreography by Louisa Kendrick Burton
• Starring James ByousParvesh CheenaCat DavisHank JacobsDerek Manson,Brendan MulallyJason PaigeBeth RobbinsRobyn RothClare Snodgrass
• Also featuring Nina GenatossioJuliane HagnDiane ReneeBolor SaruulJack Sharpe
• Presented by Open Fist Theatre Company, Martha Demson, artistic director

Added performances: January 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26
Saturdays at 8:30 p.m.
• Sundays at 4 p.m.
Mondays at 8 p.m.


TICKETS: $10 – $35
• Saturdays and Sundays: $30 with advance purchase, $35 at the door
• Mondays: $25 with advance purchase, $30 at the door
• Students with valid ID: $15 at the door
• Children (12 and under): $10
• Family four pack (two adults and two children): $65 with advance purchase

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Family friendly – appropriate for ages 8 and up.


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