Sideways – The Play
One of the most highly regarded independent films in recent memory, SIDEWAYS moved audiences and increased wine sales everywhere. We had so many requests for wine tasting tours of the Santa Ynez valley that we created a private luxury Sideways tour that includes the option of watching the movie as we drive up to Santa Barbara. Now, Rex Pickett, the book’s author and the film’s writer, takes Sideways to the stage. The Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica stages a wonderful, hilarious and deeply touching production of the tale of two best friends journeying through wine country on a week long trip from Los Angeles on the way to Paso Robles for the wedding of one of them. Along the way they visit wineries, drink to excess, discuss the world and their place in it and test their friendship. The play works well and provides a perfectly satisfying theatrical experience. A different winery is providing wine for each performance before curtain and during intermission so you can really feel a part of the wine tasting experience. Elite Adventure Tours give the play, and the Sideways experience, two thumbs up.