Dead Pussy and The Boneyard

By Zena Kapsoff

Amanda Dreschler and Erik Santiago in “The Boneyard.”

Currently at the historic Stella Adler Theatre is a pair of one-act plays written by Timothy McNeil. First up is The Boneyard starring Amanda Dreschler as “Corinne” and Erik Santiago as “Albert.” With a minimal stage setting at a cemetery, these two play homeless people searching for Albert’s buried father. There is no love lost for this absent father, yet Albert has to come to terms with the baggage he literally and figuratively carries. Corinne is the extroverted comic relief who has quite the mouth while Albert is more of the introvert. They play off each other quite effectively. You know the saying: opposites attract!

The headliner Dead Pussy is a dramedy starring Jacquie Donley as “Ruth Crable,” Frank Zapata as her husband “Mike Crable” and Angela Oakenfold as “Boots.” (Side note: Angela also directed The Boneyard.) We watch as Ruth descends into a downward spiral over her lack of money, failed marriage and an unfulfilling job. However, the straw that breaks this camel’s back is the death of her beloved cat Boots. As Ruth becomes more intoxicated, she hallucinates that Boots has manifested into a Beatles-loving Brit. Angela Oakenfold bounces off Jacquie’s hysterical/distraught performance with ease and humor. This black comedy is witty and humorous. If you like The Lieutenant of Inishmore by Martin McDonagh, you will like this play — as I have. It left me wanting more!

Dead Pussy and The Boneyard are playing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8 p.m. through April 23. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $5 for students. Stella Adler Theatre (Studio C) is located at 6773 Hollywood Blvd., near Hollywood and Highland. For ticket information, visit www.stellaadler-la.com.


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