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The Gronholm Method

The Gronholm Method was originally written in Spanish by Jordi Galceran Ferrer and translated into English by Anne Garcia-Romero and Mark St. Germain.  It is a play that, in this instance, is about Corporate America and just how far people will stoop to attain a coveted job in a prestigious company.

There is one big executive job opening at Bonham and Bonham, and after many applicants, the company has narrowed it down to four people from whom they will select their choice for the position.  In order to do so, the four have been sequestered in a room to be subjected to a series of tests known as the Gronholm Method.  At the start, they are warned that one of the four is posing as an applicant, but is an employee of the Corporation who is there to evaluate the others.  They are also told that if anyone leaves, for any reason, they will be automatically eliminated as a prospect.

The tests begin, one unusual request after another, and as the tension mounts between the applicants, the tests begin to reveal everything about the character of each of them.  At the end of it all, only one will get the coveted position.  And just who of the four will it be?  And just who of the four is the plant from the firm?

The first man to arrive is Frank, who throughout the "games" is rude and acerbic.  He is played with real panache by veteran English actor Jonathan Cake.  When Rick arrives, he adds the comic humor to the otherwise more seriousness of the task at hand, performed deliciously by Stephen Spinella (winner of two Tony Awards for Angels In America and two Drama Desk Awards.)  The final two candidates are Carl (Graham Hamilton) and the one lone female,  Melanie (Lesli Margherita), each who gives a rich characterization to their personas, superb acting by the entire cast under the judicious direction by BT McNicholl.  The austere modern set is by Brian Webb.  The winner, in the end, is a complete surprise.

The Gronholm Method is playing Tuesdays through Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 PM and 8 PM, Sundays at 4 PM and 7 PM, closing September 30, 2012.  The Falcon Theatre is located at 4252 Riverside Drive in Burbank.  Tickets are available online at or by calling the Falcon Theatre Box Office at (818) 955-8101.