Sunday, November 27, 2005

And they say LA has no theatre...

Some weekend theatre reviews:

I went to see THE DROWSY CHAPERONE at the Ahmanson Theatre. This is a frothy goofy send up of 1920’s musicals, stopping in LA on its way to Broadway. The reviewers have raved. It was cute but to fully appreciate the satire you really had to know and love ‘20s musicals. In other words it was SPINAL TAP for gays.

Meanwhile, my writing partner David Isaacs went to see CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF at the new Geffen. Here are his thoughts (on what he called FAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF):

If the actress who plays Maggie the Cat is not sultry, sexy, and does a bad shrill accent to boot, the play works just as well with Harvey Fierstein in the part.

The guy who played Brick was a few short of a load.

Big Mama was played by Brenda Fricker with her accent from somewhere between Mississippi and Darby O' Gill and the Little People, Ireland.

The best part of the play was when John Goodman made his entrance and blocked out the other actors.

And without question the worst direction and staging of a play I've ever seen and that includes Russell C. Blum. *

The writing was good though. Let's hear more from this author.

* director of Levine & Isaacs one acts…a career ender for all concerned.

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