A Little Night of Theater: Mar. 13th – Mar. 17th

Published March 14, 2013 by mickala

So many great options this week!!!

A Family Thing” – Last Weekend – Stage 52 – Los Angeles
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“Ladyhouse Blues”Runs Till Mar. 24thNewPlace Studio Theatre – North Hollywood

“Dirty Filthy Love Story”Runs Till Mar. 24th – Skylight Theatre Complex – Hollywood

**”Walking the Tightrope” – Runs Till Mar. 30th – 24th Street Theatre – Downtown
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“Complete” – Runs Till Mar. 30th – The Matrix Theatre – Hollywood
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“Songs of Bilitis” – Runs Till Mar. 30th – Bootleg Theater – Los Angeles

“Paradise”Runs Till Mar. 30thRuskin Group Theatre – Santa Monica
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**”Chapter Two”Runs Till Apr. 6thLittle Fish Theatre – San Pedro
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“The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” – Runs Wednesdays Till Apr. 10th – Theatre Asylum – Hollywood
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“Trainspotting”Runs Till Apr. 13thElephant Theatre – Hollywood
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“Dreamgirls”Runs Till Apr. 14th- MET Theatre – Hollywood

“Tomorrow” – Runs Till Apr. 21st – Skylight Theatre Complex – Hollywood

“Mrs Warren’s Profession”Runs Till Apr. 21st The Antaeus Company – North Hollywood

“On The Spectrum” Runs Till Apr. 28th – The Fountain Theatre – Hollywood
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** = YOU MUST SEE THIS

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Little Fish Theatre + Neil Simon = Excellent Production of “Chapter Two”

Published March 9, 2013 by mickala
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Richard Perloff and Trisha Miller. Photo by Mickey Elliot.

There are good playwrights, bad playwrights, playwrights with good ideas but bad technique and then there is Neil Simon. The most famous and successful playwright of all time. With over 30 plays which include The Odd Couple, The Goodbye Girl, Barefoot in the Park and many many more. Simon is a master of comedy and relationships, if done correctly his work will charm you all night long. That is the key point, if done correctly. Simon’s work focuses so much on relationships and chemistry that if his work is not done by the right actors, all of its charm could fizzle away. This is definitely not the case at Little Fish Theatre with their current production of Chapter Two. The four actors who perform this riveting piece are not only superbly talented they have amazing chemistry with one another.

Chapter Two is a delightful play about two people, George Schneider (Richard Perloff) who is now a widower and Jennie Malone (Trisha Miller), a fresh divorcee. They are hurt, broken and not quite ready to start the second chapter of their lives. Neither are looking for love but they find each other with the help of their matchmaking supporters. The story touches upon the fear of letting go the old, as well as the paralyzing feeling of letting in the new. It is funny and heartwarming and at times rather sad. It has everything it needs to be a stellar play, but why should it not, it is Neil Simon.

What makes this particular production special is the company and the staging/set design. There are two settings in this play, George’s apartment and Jennie’s. Scene Designer, Chris Beyries has done a clever job in creating these two places in a small space. On stage right is George’s apartment, a perfect setting for a writer and on stage left is Jenny’s. The two meet in the middle sharing a sofa for their living rooms. Now this could go totally awry, but it works. At times, George is in his apartment sitting on the couch and Jennie is in her home sitting on her sofa. It may be the same sofa but you completely believe that they are in separate apartments. In order to pull off Beyries clever set, you need phenomenal directing, which Patrick Vest brings, and convincing actors, which they most definitely have.

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Richard Perloff and Tony Cicchetti. Photo by Mickey Elliot.

Perloff is devastating , charming and heart wrenching as the widower George. He loved his deceased wife, Barbara as much as any woman wishes to be loved and is now at a loss. Your heart skips a beat when he loses his mopy lost puppy persona and becomes love struck with the beautiful, clever and funny Jennie. Miller keeps you on your heels as Jennie. She is a strong independent woman who vows not to waste her life on another wasted relationship. Yet when her and George hit a rocky road, she stands up for herself and for their love in a monologue that is riveting. The sidekicks of the play, portrayed by Tony Cicchetti and Dana Pollak are loveable as they push their hurting friends into each others arms.

Chapter Two at Little Fish Theatre is a must see. It has everything you want from an evening at the theater and more. If you have never been to Little Fish then this is the time to go. It is a theater full of people who love what they do and it shows. This is only my second trip to this theater but I can securely state that it is quickly becoming one of my favorite theaters in LA.

–Mickala Jauregui

Chapter Two runs until April 6th, at Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro.

A Little Night of Theater: Mar. 5th – 10th

Published March 5, 2013 by mickala

A Family Thing” – RunTill Mar. 17th – Stage 52 – Los Angeles
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**”Walking the Tightrope” – Runs Till Mar. 30th – 24th Street Theatre – Downtown
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“Complete” – Runs Till Mar. 30th – The Matrix Theatre – Hollywood
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“Songs of Bilitis” – Runs Till Mar. 30th – Bootleg Theater – Los Angeles
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“Chapter Two”Runs Till Apr. 6thLittle Fish Theatre – San Pedro
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“The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” – Runs Wednesdays Till Apr. 10th – Theatre Asylum – Hollywood
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“Trainspotting”Runs Till Apr. 13thElephant Theatre – Hollywood
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“Dreamgirls”Runs Till Apr. 14th- MET Theatre – Hollywood

** = YOU MUST SEE THIS

The Ups and Downs of Making Yourself “Complete” at The Matrix Theatre

Published March 4, 2013 by mickala

“Create yourself being” is a phrase that would drive linguists insane, yet it is one that many self help professionals use. It is the idea that you are responsible for your life and how you react to things. For example you do not blame another for what they have done to you, for you alone are in charge of how you respond to such actions.  “Complete” written by Andrea Kuchlewska now in its West Coast Premiere by Wilder Theatrics, asks these such questions through the interwoven story of Eve (Meredith Bishop) and Micah (Scott Kruse), their love for language as PHD Linguist students, and as both having experienced “The Program” which is based off of the 1970’s-80’s fad EST.

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The story itself is interesting, yet where it loses momentum is in the way it is laid out. Filled with much repetition and time jumping, it easy to get bored and lost. Because of the jumping back and forth,and side to side in to different time frames, it takes a minute to realize in which time frame the scene is taking place. Though it is followable, it distracts from the overall plot of the play and could perhaps be arranged to flow more smoothly. Another distracting part of this piece is the repetitiveness. Some scenes are played more than once in their entirety and I just do  not see the need for this. Others are first described within a scene, as a character is referring to what had happened previously. Than later on in the play that aforementioned scene is then played out. It is not needed, you do not have to describe an entire situation and then show it. If many of these scenes were cut the, 90 minute length of the play would be closer to 60, which would probably be better for holding the attention of the audience.

The saving grace of this play is the acting. Though a difficult piece of material to work through, the three leads do a phenomenal job. Kruse brings warmth and immense character to Micha, making him adorable and extremely likeable. You feel for him as he does the only thing Eve would hate for him to do just to be able to tell her that he loves her. Bishop is psychotic and afraid as Eve, a not-so-proud graduate of “The Program” who resents it for telling her that she is to blame for how her father’s abuse has impacted her. Their chemistry is perfect for their characters and their wildly heated arguments are hilarious to watch.

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Overall “Complete” has  a lot of good potential; it contains an interesting story and a fascinating topic. However, perhaps it is trying to cover too much. Their is so much behind the personal stories of Eve and Micah and yet they are barely covered, because the focus is “The Program” and how it has affected Eve and Micah. If the play was reconstructed, I truly feel that it could be a powerful piece of work. If this is ever done, then I would go back to the actors cast in this current production, for they bring an electricity to this odd and rather chaotic piece of theater.

–Mickala Jauregui

“Complete” is being presented by Wilder Theatrics at The Matrix Theatre in Hollywood until March 30th.

A Little Night of Theatre: Feb 28th – Mar 3rd

Published February 28, 2013 by mickala

“The Snake Can”Last WeekendOdyssey Theatre – West Los Angeles
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**A MUST SEE**
“Walking the Tightrope”
Runs Till Mar. 30th24th Street Theatre – Downtown
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A Family Thing”Runs Till Mar. 17th Stage 52 – Los Angeles
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“Complete” – Runs Till Mar. 30th – The Matrix Theatre – Los Angeles
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“The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” Runs Wednesdays Till Apr. 10th – Theatre Asylum – Hollywood
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The Agony that is Watching “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs”

Published February 21, 2013 by mickala

With genius and popularity there always seems to be negativity and usually arrogance. No one embodies this more than Steve Jobs. He has been the star of much praise and ridicule, for no one has changed the world while being such a bully more than Jobs. So it should not really come as a surprise that Jobs and the practices of his legacy, Apple, is now being performed as a one man show which is currently appearing in Hollywood at the Theatre Asylum. “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” was actually created by Mike Daisey in New York over a year ago. Daisey is an avid technology geek and therefore a huge Apple fan. However his view of Apple was changed when he visited Foxconn in Shenzhen where pretty much everything we Americans buy is made.
Daisey created a monologue that combines the rise of Apple and a brief bio of its mastermind with the horrors that is Foxconn and how they are able to mass produce 50% of the worlds electronics including many Apple products.

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Daisey was highly criticized for his performance of his monologue in New York because of some embellishments that he added to his story. Now, the monologue has been tweaked and has been published online for public use. Alex Lyras has taken this piece and decided to perform it as his own in a one man show platform.
After experiencing this bio/rant being performed by Lyras acting as Daisey, I can say that it is not very effective. It feels more like a presentation at a conference, yet in reality it is an acting piece. Lyras doesn’t help the impact of his performance any with the various missed slideshow cues and awkward spotlight changes. As a simple, but long winded one man show there should be a little more rehearsal, for if you are going to be in someone’s face telling them that what they spend most of their life doing is supporting sweat shops and suicides, then you better be very precise.

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Overall this is not really a night of theater. It is a night of soap-boxing, and a poor one at that. I will say that it did make me think and the slide show format is powerful. Using pictures of the workers who make the iPhones and MacBooks by hand and the story of the Foxconn employee suicide rate, did make me stop and ponder about what else is happening around the world. Because of this, I do think Daisey’s words should be heard, however I think they might be more suited to a book than a night of theater. But then again, I am typing this on my iPad mini and editing it on my iMac, so perhaps I am the wrong person to ask.

–Mickala Jauregui

“The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” plays Wednesday nights at Theatre Asylum until April 20th.

A Little Night of Theatre: Feb. 20th – 24th

Published February 19, 2013 by mickala

“The Snake Can”Runs Till Mar. 2ndOdyssey Theatre – West Los Angeles
My Night Musing

**PICK OF THE WEEK – A MUST SEE**
“Walking the Tightrope”
Runs Till Mar. 30th24th Street Theatre – Downtown
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A Family Thing”Runs Till Mar. 17th Stage 52 – Los Angeles
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“Complete” – Runs Till Mar. 30th – The Matrix Theatre – Los Angeles
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“The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” Runs Wednesdays Till Apr. 10th – Theatre Asylum – Hollywood
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