Comfy in my P.J.’s, I was intensely wrapped up in all the TV season’s “opening episodes” …
I only ventured out to catch one theatrical “opening” … but it was a lot of fun!
The Light Bulb
Written with ingeniously maniacal madness by Joshua Ravetch, and deliciously directed by James J. Mellon, we peer in on a group of eight colorful marketing executives, as they plot out a major campaign. Soon to debut to the world the first light bulb that will never burn out … at a lavish televised press event at Hoover Dam, they heatedly and riotously banter ideas to “hype” this revolutionary product. Each of them oddball ego-maniacs of different sorts … their personal differences explode repeatedly, in the midst of the business at hand. Hilarious! Fast paced and bitingly intelligent, we witness the corrupt advertising issues and ploys used to sell products in America today. Taking place in the corporate conference room at “Mad Cap,” they eventually present their ideas to the “big boss” Candace (played “larger than life,” by the always impressive Karesa McElheny.) When a 14-year-old “brainiac” summer intern shows up (a spirited Matthew Shane), the shady campaign takes a new turn. The quirky characters’ interactions are a joy, and the entire cast masters their roles with “tongue in cheek” perfection. Too many in the cast to comment on all actors individually, but Irene Roseen was fabulously feisty as Inez, the chain smoking bawdy senior exec, and Robert Arbogast was spot on as the suave TV newscaster. The remainder of this looney and lively cast includes: John Sofge, Chad Coe, Jon Acosta, Sue Goodman, Scott Kradolfer, and Jennifer Hall. As always at this theatre, the technical efforts set the mood with perfection. Kudos to Kevin Bailey (set design), Luke Moyer (lighting), Connie Tibbets-Milner (costumes), and Cricket S. Myers (sound). An endlessly burning light bulb could change the world as we know it, in countless ways! Is it too good to be true? Can these cleverly devious marketing people pull it off? You’ll have to see it for yourselves to know the answers … and you’ll laugh uproariously throughout! A highly entertaining and impeccably performed production, folks…. The opening night audience, loaded with recognizable actors, seemed to love every zany moment! In publicist David Elzer’s press release, he describes this play as “A chaotic intersection where Mad Men meets It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.” A perfect description! Do make it a point to catch this one! Running through Nov. 9 at The NoHo Arts Center located at 11136 Magnolia Blvd. in NoHo. For seats call (818) 508-7101 ext. 6 or visit thenohoartscenter.com.
A Taste of Red
Opening this weekend at The NoHo Arts Center on Sunday, Oct. 13 … Directed by James Mellon and Musically Directed by the highly regarded Ron Snyder, this is a one woman musical comedy with a message. Starring and written by the adorable Sabrina Miller … it follows one woman’s heartfelt journey … “out of love” and into herself … Running for only four consecutive Sunday nights at 7 o’clock … I’ll be there on opening night and tell you all about it! To book seats ahead call (818) 508-7101 ext. 6 or visit nohoace.com.
The Blue Pig – Vintage Collectibles … and More.
Another “cool” shop opened on the weekend on Magnolia’s eclectic shopping strip, a couple of blocks east of Buena Vista. I popped in and met Robert the friendly owner, to welcome him. What a nice man … and the store is loaded with unique and collectible items to dazzle your home, at fair prices. Stop in … and tell him I sent you!
Well, that’s my chatter for this week…. As always … more to come later.