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

Published February 28, 2013 by mickala

“The Snake Can”Last WeekendOdyssey Theatre – West Los Angeles
My Night Musing

**A MUST SEE**
“Walking the Tightrope”
Runs Till Mar. 30th24th Street Theatre – Downtown
My Night Musing

A Family Thing”Runs Till Mar. 17th Stage 52 – Los Angeles
My Night Musing

“Complete” – Runs Till Mar. 30th – The Matrix Theatre – Los Angeles
Night Musing Coming Soon

“The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” Runs Wednesdays Till Apr. 10th – Theatre Asylum – Hollywood
My Night Musing

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
My Night Musing

A Family Thing”Runs Till Mar. 17th Stage 52 – Los Angeles
My Night Musing

“Complete” – Runs Till Mar. 30th – The Matrix Theatre – Los Angeles
Night Musing Coming Soon

“The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” Runs Wednesdays Till Apr. 10th – Theatre Asylum – Hollywood
Night Musing Coming Soon

A Little Night of Theatre: February 14th – 17th

Published February 13, 2013 by mickala


**PICK OF THE WEEK – A MUST SEE**
“Around the World in 80 Days”
Last Weekend!International City Theatre – Long Beach
My Night Musing

“Pick of the Vine”Last Weekend!Little Fish Theatre – San Pedro
My Night Musing

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

“Walking the Tightrope”
Runs Till Mar. 30th24th Street Theatre – Downtown
My Night Musing

A Family Thing:Runs Till Mar. 17thStage 52 – Los Angeles
Night Musing Coming Soon

A Little Night of Theater: February 7th- February 10th

Published February 6, 2013 by mickala

Here at ALittleNightMusing, I have decided to make it as easy as possible to go enjoy some great local theatre in and around Los Angeles. Every Tuesday I will post what is playing that weekend.

Think of this as your one stop shop, find out what’s playing and if it’s any good!

“The Magistrate”
Feb 9th OnlyJames Bridge Theatre – UCLA

“Pick of the Vine”Runs Till Feb. 16thLittle Fish Theatre – San Pedro
My Night Musing

“Around the World in 80 Days”
Runs Till Feb. 17thInternational City Theatre – Long Beach
My Night Musing

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

“Walking the Tightrope”
Runs Till Mar. 30th24th Street Theatre – Downtown
Night Musing Coming Soon

“The Snake Can” Springs into its World Premiere at a Snail’s Pace

Published January 25, 2013 by mickala

That strange, yet always dreadful toy/prank that jumps out at your unsuspecting soul and explodes in your face. It launches a range of emotions including anger disappointment and slight pleasure, because someone has cared enough to prank you. “The Snake Can” a new play by Kathryn Graf, now in its world premiere at the Odyssey Theatre in West Los Angeles, takes it name from this classic gag and covers many of the same emotions one feels when they open such a can.

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The play stars Jane Kaczmarek from “Malcolm in the Middle” as one of three middle aged women facing the loneliness and unsureness that comes with relationships or lack there of. Kaczmarek and co-star Sharon Sharth bring depth and truly realistic emotion to their characters and their journeys. You can see them as real people just trying to keep afloat in the rough waters that is life. The men in the play are all rather enjoyable and complement their female counterparts well.
Where this play loses spark is in the direction and perhaps the writing. It is hard to tell the true nature of this play because the tempo was rather slow and the staging very awkward. The themes and characters in this play are charming and worth exploring, but there seems to be a missing link somewhere. The stage is a decent size and they use all of it, even though many of the scenes are very intimate and would probably benefit from a smaller setting. Director Steven Robman seems to be a little widescreen minded in his staging, which is a great distraction in this particular theatre and with this particular piece.
The Snake Can_6During the past year I have noticed a newer fad of staging. Where the actors no longer just play to the audience but they truly face their fellow actors and play to them. I have liked most of what I have seen of this method, however it can turn deadly at times, which it did during this play. A one point Sharth stood with her back to the audience and if anyone was sitting in the vicinity (which I was) their view would be completely blocked of anything except her back. This did not add anything but it did in deed subtract from my overall experience of seeing the play.
Overall “The Snake Can” has its moments and since there are four more weekends in its run, there is still the possibility of upgrading to being a rather enjoyable play. It provides a few chuckles and a few touching thoughts and with a little tweaking of staging and faster pace it could do so much more. It is a great idea of a play, but in its current state it is not too much more than just an idea.

“The Snake Can” runs at The Odyssey Theatre in West Los Angeles Thurs-Sun through February 24th.

–Mickala Jauregui

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