Theater Review of Key Largo with Andy Garcia, at the Geffen Playhouse

Theater Review of Key Largo with Andy Garcia, at the Geffen Playhouse

Yesterday I watched Key Largo with Andy Garcia, at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood Village and here is my quick review:

The Good:

  • The Geffen Playhouse is a really beautiful theater, and the set design for Key Largo was incredibly detailed (intricate woodwork, including the doors and windows). The set design and effects were great. All of that combined with the with the backdrop of rain and thunder was very nice.
  • Andy was the reason we went to see the show, mainly because we just re-watched Ocean’s 11 and he’s always a strong actor. I think he played his character really well and commanded the stage, moving the story along nicely.
  • The Singer: The supporting female actor was a good character and interesting to watch. I would have liked a more dramatic singing performance from her though (like Mulholland Drive’s Opera Singer Scene with dim lights, sounds from a bygone performance – clinking glasses, clapping, big bang support) AND then Andy could have said “no drink” to that… instead of “wrong song”. The effect might have been more powerful, like wow, this guy really is a total asshole (which was the point of that interaction anyways).

The Bad:

  • The overall story and acting were a bit boring, or maybe that was all good but the pacing was a little too slow? I’m not sure…
  • The Soldier: All in all, the soldier character and his back story were boring and unlikable. I thought he was a terrible “hero” for the storyline. I was wondering why was so hung up about the death of his soldiers in Italy, when he specifically told them there was going to be a bomb raid. He left with that info and should have a clear conscience on that part, since the rest of the squadron stayed in spite of his warnings… didn’t make sense.
  • The Widow: This character was very unbelievable and a little hollow. Her big reveal… that she married a soldier after only knowing him 24 hours instead of the stated 2-days really wasn’t as dramatic as was maybe expected. Either way, whether it was one hour or two days, she didn’t know her husband at all. I was wondering… why not have a cover story of “we were high school sweethearts” but then the big reveal is she married to get out of town, to do her duty or even because she wanted money…

The Ugly: I felt Andy might have been a little unnecessarily physical/sexual with the lead female actor. It felt out of place for the vibe of the show.


3/5 Stars — It was a good show overall, and I don’t regret going. The set was awesome, but the story and acting were mostly boring.

By David Bramante (with Kayla Jane)
December 1, 2019