Raise Me Up Rises to the Brink at the Santa Monica Playhouse

Lisa Phillips Visca’s writing of Raise Me Up is touching, heartfelt, and even comedic.

Photo by I.C. Rapoport

Ben Feuer and Marla Adams portray the modern day Louis and Daphne Padula, still in love after 50 years in Lisa Phillips Visca’s “Raise Me Up.”

This is a true story of love at first sight and a love that rises above some cultural and social obstacles of the time to ensure its fruition.

In the journey the audience is treated to a “moonstruck” couple’s forbidden love, and the hilarity and drama from their deeply passionate Italian-Greek families.

Set with a backdrop of slides of photos and words for transition, the production is spiced with wonderful thematic and period music. Starting with a simple set, the play focuses on the easy and the complex meaning of life that comes full circle.

Director Chris DeCarlo brings a strong cast to the stage who each lovingly gets in touch with their characters while embracing the tender and the funny with equal relish.

The cast includes: Marla Adams, John Del Regno, Serena Dolinsky, Ben Feuer, Mitch Lerner, Michael Marinaccio, Lenora May, Stuart Pankin, Evelyn Rudie, and Joey Shea.

Raise Me Up is Lisa Phillips Visca’s joyful and touching tribute to her parents, Louis and Daphne Padula, capturing their eternal passion and the surreal ending to their classic love story. Raise Me Up will lift your spirits and touch your soul. I know it touched mine.

Santa Monica Playhouse is located at 1211 4th St. in

Santa Monica till May 19 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.

Admission is $25 general admission; $22.50 students, teachers, seniors, and members of the military; $17.50 for groups of 8 or more; $15 for under 12’s. For reservations please call (310) 394-9779 ext. 1. For more information, visit santamonicaplayhouse.com.

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