01 Aug Theater Reviews by Morna
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO DIVORCE – Studio City
In this romantic comedy, three couples, each intent on getting divorced, find themselves sharing the same meeting room while waiting for the same divorce mediator. Once upon a time, all of these couples were in love. Whatever happened to bring each of them to this point of separation? While they’re waiting, Brian and Carol, Doug and Angie, and Ken and Tanya share their stories of the love that went wrong. Their tales are hilarious and heartbreaking. So, what will happen when the mediator finally arrives?
This world premiere comedy is written by Jeff Gould and directed by Marc Antonio Pritchett. Performers are Ian Nemser, Laura Walker, Anthony Backman, Bri Ana Wagner, Corbin Timbrook and Marie Pettit. Presented by Skypilot Theatre Company at Two Roads Theatre, 4348 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City. RESERVATIONS: https://divorce.brownpapertickets.com
IF I FORGET – Hollywood
“Seinfeld” actor-favorite, Jason Alexander, directs this Los Angeles premiere of a deeply personal play about history, responsibility, and what we’re willing to sacrifice for a new beginning. Playwright Steven Levenson, Tony Award-winning book writer of “Dear Evan Hanson” drew from conversations with his own family to write this play that explores the lasting impact of the Holocaust on a Jewish family at the beginning of the 21st century.
Levenson said, “The past is never neutral, and history is never settled. This play doesn’t attempt to offer any answers, but I hope, in its own small way, it can help to articulate why it is so vital that we continue to ask difficult questions, to grapple with painful, uncomfortable subjects.”
Cast includes Síle Bermingham, Matt Gottlieb, Samantha Klein, Leo Marks, Valerie Perri, Jerry Weil, and Jacob Zelonky.
At the Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave, LA (at Normandie). Tickets: (323) 663-1525 or www.FountainTheatre.com
XANADU – Laguna
This musical comedy follows Clio, a lovely and precocious Greek muse who decides to don roller skates, and legwarmers, in order to help Sonny Malone, a chalk artist with half a brain and a heart of gold. Together they rediscover his creativity by rebuilding an “apex of the arts” – a roller disco!
According to book author Douglas Carter Beane, this is based on the 1980 film “Xanadu” – which was inspired by the 1947 Rita Hayworth film “Down to Earth” – as well as the 1981 fantasy film “Clash of the Titans”! The title refers to the site of the Mongolian emperor Kublai Khan’s summer palace. Bring the grandkids!
The musical opened on Broadway in 2007 and ran for over 500 performances. The hit score includes “I’m Alive,” “Magic,” “Have You Never Been Mellow,” and “Xanadu.” At Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Tickets at www.lagunaplayhouse.com
SNOWHITE – Santa Monica
Here is another one of the delightful Rudie-DeCarlo musical fairy tales for young-at-heart audiences of all ages. Celebrate this interactive heart-warming story as Snowhite, and seven zany forest friends, learn the true meaning of love, destiny and family, from a singularly un-evil, if slightly misguided, Queen Mother. Brilliant costumes, sparkling sets, a magical talking mirror and fun audience participation helps makes this show a perfect weekend family outing.
Written by Evelyn Rudie and Chris DeCarlo and helmed by Graham Silbert, the show stars Taylor Bazos, Laura Bertrand, Noa Brenner, Tiffany Howell Haile, Audrey Montague, Cydne Moore, and Megan Yip. Costumes are by Ashley Hayes with lighting, set and special effects by James Cooper.
At Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th Street (between Wilshire & Arizona), in Santa Monica. Special prices for birthday parties are available in conjunction with every performance. Reservations call 310-394-9779 ext 2 or www.SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com/snowhite