The Dead Boy Reviews

The Dead Boy – North Hollywood

by Archie Rothman
A church sex scandal is the basis of The Dead Boy at the Valley’s Laurelgrove Theatre. The Dead Boy, a controversial drama by Joe Pintauro, is loosely based on the Covenant House scandal, which sent shock waves through the Catholic Church a decade ago.

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The Dead Boy – Back Stage West

Reviewed by T.H. McCulloh
Many people firmly believe their spiritual advisors are divine, a direct link to the power above, the problem is that these advisors are all too human, like Father Sheridan in this Joe Pintauro play.

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A Curtain Up  – LA Review

By Laura Hitchcock
It’s taken ten years for an American theatre to mount The Dead Boy, Joe Pintauro’s searing play inspired by the scandal alleging that the priest who founded New York City’s Covenant House sexually abused one of the homeless youths in the institution founded to protect them. The deftly woven drama receives its U. S. premiere in a first rate production at the Laurelgrove Theatre, directed by Jack Heller.

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The Dead Boy – Entertainment Today

Reviewed by Jose Ruiz
When a stately and imposting institution like the Catholic Church suffers the slightest ruffle of impropriety, the reverberations are like a dinosaur sneezing on an ant hill.

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Fine ensemble elevates cluttered church drama

LA Daily News
By Julio Martinez, Correspondents
A decade ago, the Catholic Church was rocked by the Covenant House scandal. A nationally renowned priest who had established the New York-based refuge for homeless youth was accused of sexually molesting a teen-age boy in his charge.

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The Dead Boy – LA Stage

LA Stage – Theatre Spotlight
by Karen Kondazian
Have you ever dreamed of one day opening your very own theatre? It seems in the secret heart of every passionate theatre actor, director, producer or writer, that is a common desire. Perhaps it comes from a childhood memory of putting a play together in the backyard and selling tickets to dubious parents and neighbors to “please come and watch me!”

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The Dead Boy – ReviewPlays.com

ReviewPlays.com
Few institutions are as stately and imposing as the Catholic Church, and when there is the slightest ruffle of impropriety, the reverberations are worse than a dinosaur sneezing on an ant hill. Based on one of these afflictions, The Dead Boy recounts a true tale of a young hustler who accused a priest of having sexual relations with him while he was at the Covenant House, a home for wayward youths

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