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Del Shores '
DADDYS DYIN' WHO'S GOT THE WILL?
This was our Thanksgiving-Xmas Holiday show in 2008 .
We expected to close Dec 22/08
But something rather cool has happened...
the reviews have been fabulous
the word of mouth has been great
We Re-Opened Sat Feb 7th at
1625 N Las Palmas Ave
(plays Sat 8pm, Sun@3pm)
The show closed
July 12 /2009
Here is the review from the L.A.Times
Theatre/Theater has moved several times since it first opened in Hollywood almost 30 years ago, yet under the tenacious tutelage of founders Jeff Murray and Nicolette Chaffey, it remains a consistent producing entity in an era when start-up theaters flare and fade like fool's fire in the swampland.
The theater's 1987 production of Del Shores' "Daddy's Dyin', Who's Got the Will?" played for two years to turn-away crowds and was subsequently made into a film. Now, the company turns back the clock in a remounting of Shores' regional comedy. The production, which features two separate casts, is a welcome reprise that reaffirms both Shores' comic talents and Theatre/Theater's durable creativity.
The play's current incarnation has a new wrinkle. Shores' white-trashy characters, the bickering Turnover clan of Texas, are now African American. With the exception of a few awkward references, the transition works like a charm.
The premise is simple. When Daddy Buford (Alex Morris) suffers a series of strokes, his offspring gather for the deathwatch. The family is evenly divided along the pure-hearted and the greedy. Among the former are chief caregiver Sara Lee (Ellana Barksdale) and her "Bible-thumping" sister Lurleen (Nancy Renee), both on the side of the angels. Not so scheming sexpot Evalita (Leslie LaRaine) and boorish only son Orville (Lee Stansberry) are solely interested in locating Daddy's missing will.
Rounding out the funereal festivities are feisty family matriarch Mama Wheelis (hilarious Zoe Cotton); Orville's abused wife Marlene (Pam Trotter), a worm who is about to turn; and Evalita's latest boy-toy Harmony (Brandon Breault), a pot-addled "hippie" with a surprisingly sensible streak.
Murray, who co-produced the original production, takes the reins as director here, with riotous results. A warning: Don't expect subtlety in this staging. The exuberant performers devour Shores' material and chew the scenery for dessert.
Shores has gone on to write other hits, including the terrific "Sordid Lives," based on his play, a Logo series that features some of the best character acting to be found on the small screen. However, this vibrant seminal work started it all and remains a gold-plated hoot, guaranteed to deliver a full quotient of belly laughs.
--F. Kathleen Foley
Why dont you and your family come by and spend an some time with our family -The Turnovers
After all, you know how similiar families can be....its all relative.
so we have extended...and we have moved
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Daddy's Dyin'...Who's Got The Will?
November 26, 2008
By Les Spindle / Backstage West
This captivating comedy by award-winning playwright-screenwriter Del Shores (Southern Baptist Sissies, Sordid Lives) premiered at Theatre/Theater's original Hollywood site in 1987, where it enjoyed a two-year run. Taking an innovative slant in this revival, director Jeff Murray cast all roles except one with African-American actors. Two casts alternate. Murray's fresh approach invigorates Shores' bittersweet portrait of conflicts within a country-bumpkin Texan family.
The title raises apt expectations of cynical humor. Yet, as the broadly etched characters set about a-feudin', a-fightin', and a-fussin' during a reunion of siblings awaiting their widowed patriarch's imminent death, the play gradually segues to a warm-hearted portrait of familial bonds being restored. As the relatives gather in the family homestead, we learn that mentally confused Daddy Turnover (Sy Richardson in a moving portrayal) recently retrieved his will to make changes. Nobody knows where he stashed it.
A strong cast makes the most of the crackling dialogue and colorful roles. Baadja-Lyne is hilarious as Mama Wheelis, a take-charge dynamo still capable of intimidating the feisty adult grandchildren. As bad girl Evalita, veteran of five husbands, Taji Coleman sinks her teeth into the role, pulling off Shores' priceless bons mots with élan. Playing Harmony, the zonked-out hippie who is Evalita's current amour, white actor Matt Skaja offers a deft blend of zaniness and heart, helping to ground the loony altercations. As the greedy and oafish brother Orville, Hardia Madden Jr. tempers a potentially detestable character with grace notes of human frailty. Playing Orville's abused wife, Marlene, Pam Trotter gives a joyful portrayal of an underdog with a defiant spirit. Michele Harrell is amusing as the Bible-thumping preacher's wife coping with the unholy goings-on. Only in a Shores play could we expect to find a character named Sara Lee Turnover. Regan Carrington evokes laughs as this sassy sister, who's still living with her father. It's rewarding to observe this early example of the playwright's blend of ribald rustic humor and sadness, an individualistic style that became much richer in his subsequent seriocomic works.
Presented by and at Theatre/Theater, 5041 W. Pico Blvd., L.A. Nov. 20-Dec. 21. Thu. Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. (323) 954-9795 or www.theatretheater.net.
Only one play to tell you about this week
and it was a winner! Loaded with life, love and lunacy!
This Southern-fried "delicious" comedy offers a "theatrical feast" for the audience and eight riotously rewarding characters for the cast to portray.A razor-sharp script in its 21st Anniversary, it was written by Del Shores and opened in Hollywood at Theatre Theater for a jam-packed 22 month run. Garnering L.A. Weekly's "Production Of The Year" award, and countless other kudos, I was there to catch it. It was a "scream" then, and it still is!
It was released as a film by MGM in 1990, featuring an all-star cast, and Shores went on to write several other "Southern Sagas" ("Sordid Lives," Southern Baptist Sissies," and "Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife" to name a few.) I loved all of them!
Effectively played this time by a largely African-American cast, this family "circus" offers countless belly laughs, while hilariously looking at family dynamics, resentments, and relationships.
Using a double cast, I hear that they are equally impressive. One cast goes up on Thursday and Friday, and the fine cast I saw performs on Saturday and Sunday.
We meet the "larger than life" Turnover family of Lowake, Texas, as a quartet of family siblings gather in their father's home. After he has suffered a stroke they have come to await his death, and to find and "claim" their share of his recently misplaced Will. As each unique personality unfolds and intermingles, old resentments are revealed and familial fireworks explode!
Director Jeff Murray is triumphantly successful in keeping the pace lively, while spotlighting each character's quirky traits, secrets, and agendas.
Such a strong cast I must comment on each member: Alex Morris as Daddy, (Buford), the dying patriarch, gives a phenomenally entertaining performance.
His short-circuited memory loss, due to the stroke, offers some of the play's finest moments! Zoe Cotton as his "sassy senior" opinionated mother, is roaringly funny!
Nancy Renee as Lurlene, the prim and proper "bible thumper," is straight-laced perfection! Regan Carrington as Sara Lee, the lonely and devoted sibling who stayed home thru the years to care for "Daddy,"
and Alisa Banks as Marlene, the "weight loss fanatic" daughter-in-law, are both heart-wrenching! As Marlene's chauvinist husband Orville, Lee Stansberry is delightfully despicable!
As Evalita, the bawdy "floozy" of the clan, with six loser hubbies behind her, Leslie LaRaine sizzles, and as Harmony, the hippie vegetarian she brings home, Brandon Breault is kooky fun!
Cool set design (Stephen Gifford), 1980's costumes (Blooie Greene), and lighting (Leigh Allen) add to the joy of it all.
So much fun the audience clapped, cheered, and stomped their feet repeatedly So, grab some of your most fun lovin' friends
and do see this one! Running through December 21st at Theatre/Theater's permanent new space
By Pat Taylor on December 01,2008
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(plays Sat 8pm, Sun@3pm)
LA TIMES CRITIC'S CHOICE!!
"a gold-plated hoot, guaranteed to deliver a full quotient of belly laughs."
F Kathleen Foley .....LA Times
"This captivating comedy...crackling dialogue...HILARIOUS"
Les Spindle ....Backstage West
Lovell Estelle.....LA Weekly
"Three if By Stage"
One if by land, two if by sea, three if by stage. The Bostonians are coming, the Bostonians are coming!
FOR ONE WEEK ONLY!
Los Angeles is invaded by Boston, in this original, funny, and poignant collection of one-acts by Boston playwrights.
Sox of Red Productions is proud to bring the LA audience some of the very best actors and writers that the Boston theatre scene has produced.
Having their west coast premieres are
Claire Danes Poster by Tom Berry,
Helluva Poker Face by Christopher Lockheardt,
That's Our Mary by Jack Neary,
Sea of Love, What's It All About, The Test
and the world premiere of The Sublet by Michael Phillips,
The ensemble includes Michael Sean Corbett, Mckenzie Cowan, Patrick Flanagan, Louis Jacques, Jr., Margarita Maliagros, Richelle Marsh, Jessica Runck, Jonathan Sacramone, Will Todisco, and Jason Waron. The plays are directed by Michelle M. Aguillon and Michael Phillips.
Performances dates are:
Thursday & Friday, January 15 & 16 at 8pm,
Saturday, January 17 at 6pm & 8pm, and Sunday, January 18 at 5pm & 7pm.
Tickets are $12 each and can be reserved via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (818) 390-4547.
Please join us for an after-show party after the 8pm Saturday, January 17th show to meet our cast at La Bodeguita de Pico Restaurant, 5047 West Pico Blvd, just steps away from Theatre Theater. Bring your program to any performance and you'll receive a free mojito!
Sox of Red Productions is a new theatre company that believes in bringing innovative theatre to an audience at an affordable price without sacrificing quality. The company is made up of veterans of the stage, who believe that the Los Angeles theatre scene has room for a group that is going to push boundaries and still be accessible to the general public, have access to theatre the way it is meant to be, inclusive and entertaining, while still being able to deliver a message. Three if by Stage is its inaugural production, and a follow production is already in the works.
"Beggars in the House of Plenty"
Powerful, passionate, and an emotional rollercoaster, "Beggars in the House of Plenty" features outstanding acting and production work that spotlights the will to thrive and succeed in chaos.
The Fitzgerald family, dysfunctional as all get out, haunts Johnny's (Chris Paine Gilbert) days and dreams, making home life a complete nightmare. For better or worse, his Irish Catholic parents (Jack Conley, Francesca Casale) inject drama and destruction into every situation. Will Johnny escape this tortured existence sane and intact?
Director Larry Moss carefully builds dark humor, misfortune, and emotional devastation into a searing vision of hell, artfully abetted by Stephen Gifford's stark set design and Leigh Allen's bold lighting. Bruno Louchouarn injects suspense and terror with imaginative musical montages and sound design.
The excellent cast vividly defines the damaged family. David Gail wonderfully captures the wounded vulnerability in the swaggering, overconfident older son Joey. Gilbert reveals a fighting spirit and strong survival instinct in the savvy Johnny. Intense, disciplined Conley stands out as the frightening, physical fiend of a father.
Somehow playwright John Patrick Shanley turns hellish autobiographical situations into poetic moments of humor and searing insight. This first rate production scores on all counts.
John S. Flynn presents "Beggars in the House of Plenty" Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 3 PM through March 29 at 5041 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles. Tickets cost $25, $18 for seniors and students with IDs. Call (800) 838-3006 or visit www.brownpapertickets.com for reservations or information
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Beggars in the House of Plenty
Reviewed by Dany Margolies
It takes a while to accustom one's ears and eyes to the tone of this production. Under the tender hand of Larry Moss, John Patrick Shanley's dark-memory play first strikes us as a nightmare not of our own dreaming. Once we give ourselves over to these theatremakers' crafts, we sit transfixed, transported to the excruciatingly painful life of young Johnny, Shanley's alter ego.
Chris Payne Gilbert fleshes Johnny -- from early childhood as tiny arsonist, frolicking in red-footed jammies, to a boy desperate for manhood at 18, who gives up fire because he now has language at his disposal, and into a searching adulthood. Moments in Gilbert's hands are gently crushing. When Johnny begs his mother to tell him she loves him, she replies, "It wouldn't sound believable." At that second, playing Ma, Francesca Casale flattens our hearts; Gilbert somehow lets the feelings be ours as well as his. Jack Conley is towering, real and terrifying, as Pop, playing a violent Irish butcher in conflict with his sons in Greek tragedy proportions.
David Gail plays Joey, the elder brother Johnny idolizes, remembered as a sailor and adventurer, to whom Gail gives empty confidence. In a remarkably alive turn, Gail is a fully absorbed listener, making Joey easy to enrage, easy to sadden, hyperreactive to his senses. And in a far-too-brief appearance, Lena Georgas plays their sister, beautifully present in her every second onstage. Denise Crosby nicely fills out the cast as a cheery nun.
Stephen Gifford's set clearly announces that we're watching horrific memories. Leigh Allen's lighting is wistful and unnerving. And original music and sound from Bruno Louchouarn complete our enfolding into the tale. It's tough to get the tone of this play just right. By the end here, it's so right we're left shattered by the imagery, in awe of the artistry.
"A splendid seven-member ensemble make the grotesque goings-on in this West Coast premiere staging quite gripping, generating food for thought and a fare share of shivers. The enduring elements in this unnerving piece are its droll pitch-black humor and the fascinating portrait of pure evil-likely to turn off some audiences while mesmerizing others. The performances are superb, finely calibrated under Block's sharp direction. - Backstage
ART IS WAR IN BINGO WITH THE INDIANS
By Mike Buzzelli 05/18/2009
Theatre is a wild and dangerous place, and art is war in Adam Rapp's Bingo with the Indians. Three theatre misfits hole up in a run down motel, going over the details of their diabolical plan to steal bingo money to mount their latest production. Yes. You read that right. They plan to steal bingo money to mount a theatrical production. It's a crazy plan and Bingo is its name-o.
The trio of ne'er do wells include, Stash (Patrick Flanagan), a psychopathic drug user and allegedly talented actor, Dee (Melissa Paladino) the uber-dyke director, and Wilson (West Liang) a militant queer stage manager festering his own psychosis.
Dee hatches the plot with malevolent glee, robbing a small town bingo parlor. She is more of a dictator than director, yet her companions cater to her every whim. The biggest obstacle in her nefarious plan is her prime choice of accomplice, Stash. Stash can't keep his nose out of trouble. In addition to his chemical dependency, he has a hair trigger rage that goes off at the slightest provocation. He leaps about the hotel room like a rat in a cage, waiting for a call from an unseen associate, Dee's cousin, who will alert them to the best time to pilfer the cookie jar (Bingo slang for the container of cash).
Their nerves fray as they wait for the call. Enter Steve (Brian Norris), the teenage son of the hotel owners. He is enthralled with his guests from the big city. Things go horribly wrong for the young man as he immerses himself in the twisted machinations of the outrageous theatre troupe.
Before the night ends, Steve's mother, Mrs. Woods (Ann Bronston), a hippy-dippy lesbian, Jackson (Corryn Cummins), and a mysterious Native American visitor (Ron Joseph) get in on the act, literally and figuratively.
Rapp's edgy and avant garde story is perfectly suited for Rogue Machine's late night alternative series, Off the Clock (the play goes on at 10:30 pm on Friday and Saturday nights, and Sundays at 4:00 pm). It's not for kids; violence, sexual situations and strong language are all on the bingo board.
There are a few plotlines battling for attention, but director Andrew Block keeps all the balls in the air. The acting is exceptional.
Flanagan inhabits his character with intensity, a bold mix of raw emotions. It would easy to make Stash a pitiable buffoon or enraged egomaniac, but Flanagan balances on the high wire.
Bronston's befuddled Mrs. Woods is a delight. She is a sad creature, but she garners some of the best laughs of the night. Mrs. Woods is awkward and obtuse. She catches her son in a carnal act, but easily falls for a flimsy explanation. The subtext of knowledge creeps in, but she swats it away as if it were a pesky fly.
Wilson sneaks up on the unsuspecting audience. He seems to be the most grounded of the characters, until his own idiosyncrasies surface. Wilson is a charming sociopath, deftly played by Liang.
Norris's Steve is a treat, tentatively dipping his toe into deep and troubled waters. He plays the innocent youth with a self-assured enthusiasm. Steve is a youth waiting for the loss of his innocence, but forever changed by his own dark desires. Norris's resemblance to Ron Howard's Ritchie Cunningham makes his plight even more profane.
The play seems shocking for the sake of being shocking, but there is an underlying theme: Artists must make art. Their lives depend on it. It may cause them to make foolish choices, hook up with the wrong crowds, or bring them to a painful demise, but there is a passion that cannot be denied. Sometimes you have to be bold, no matter what the consequences.
Be bold. Take a late night ride down Pico and take a chance on Bingo with the Indians.
- Mike Buzzelli -EyeSpyLA
Bingo with the Indians runs from May 15 to June 7 at Theatre/Theater, 5041 West Pico, Los Angeles, CA 90019)
"The acting is exceptional. Perfectly suited for Rogue Machine's late night alternative series, Off the Clock. Take a late night ride down Pico and take a chance on Bingo with the Indians."- EyeSpyLA
"Achieves a naughty thrill" - LA Theatre Review
Tiffany Black presemts:
Note: This show starts at 7:30. Tix are $10
Monday Dec 7 - RogueMachines's December Rant and Rave:
These evenings have been among the most consistently exciting that Rogue Machine have
produced at Theatre Theater, Absolutely top notch. Recommended*** This
months theme ,as you might expect is 'tradition' 8pm $15
An Evening of Extraordinary Stories
New original work by the students in the "Write Your LIfe"
Workshop taught by Ann Randolph
This is an amazing group of people with amazing stories from all walks of life.
Come, have fun, and hang out at the bar afterwards!
Tuesday Dec. 8
$10 bucks -No reservation needed- Just show up.
Friday Dec 11
Ladies and Gentleman this is not a test, this is an interactive opportunity.
Certified talents, flavorful works, and corruptable vibes. Ingredients include a food installation and cocktail paring,
live music, short film, clowns, burlesque, dancing, slide shows, one-acts, death defying interludes, a DJ and more!
Park the camel. Join the Shindy.
..a one night only performance event extravaganza holiday show and party!
Sat. Dec. 12th One Nite Special Performance
A ROSE AMONG THORNS: A TRIBUTE TO ROSA PARKS
This tribute to Rosa Parks explores the internal conflicts of a quiet, dignified woman suddenly thrust into history.
Created and performed by
Directed by Dan Martin
at THEATRE THEATER ...5041 Pico Blvd
(across the street from Roscoe's Chix/Waffles)
curtain 8PM .......All Tickets: $25 (cash at door),,,,discount for mentioning theatre/theater's websitewebsite All Tickets $20
Wed. Dec. 16
Eros, Logos & Hot Fried Bananas
An evening of spoken words to ignite your passion for Eros, Logos & Hot Fried Bananas !
5 inspired performers share their art:
Joshua G. Townshend
One Night ONLY - 8:00 pm -Tickets - $10.
Thursday Dec 17:
Misty Carlisle presents:
The Last Polaroid Xmas Party-Stories & Song
tickets are $15
Sat Dec 19
The 2009 Theatre/Theater Office Party:
Open Mic amid Theatre Theater's 28th year of tomfoolery.
Music, carol singing, food, no host bar, dj,
witty articulation of repressed thoughts and anecdotes, etc etc.
Starts at 4pm goes late.
(although we 'encourage' an in lobby donation to our current favorite charity ' SmileTrain'