Happy belated Mother’s Day to all of the loving “moms” out there!

I hope all of you enjoyed the day with your families. I had a delicious outdoor brunch and Mimosas, sitting around a pool, with mine (at 101 degrees). A big group of us including my son-in-law’s family members … a nice time was had by all!

The Matchmaker

Photo Credit: Lindsay Schnebly

From l, Dimitri Christy, Lori Berg, and Ellis Greer in Actors
Co-op’s production of “The Matchmaker.”

Written by the Pulitzer Prize winning Thornton Wilder and taking place in the 1800s, this charming and playfully complicated comedy is a lot of fun! With a whopping cast of 14 nutty actors darting on and off the stage, there are many belly laughs, and countless twists n’ turns to follow. When the wealthy but stingy Horace Vandergelder (a hilarious Dimitri Christy) seeks the assistance of the colorful matchmaker and social dynamo, Mrs. Dolly Levi (a flamboyantly feisty Lori Berg), the mad fun takes off! (Her character was the inspiration for the Broadway musical, Hello Dolly!) A “larger than life” diva, who arranges people’s lives, Dolly has plans of her own for Horace. Directed with high energy madness by Heather Chesley, this is a romantic “comedy of errors” and misconceptions. When Horace’s two young and “hormonal” employees head out for some mischief in New York … the insanity runs rampant (riotously played by Jeff Fazakerley and Joseph Barone). When they show up at the fancy Hat Boutique owned by Mrs. Irene Molloy (a stand out Ellis Greer) the plot gets even zanier. Will Horace manage to stop the marital plans of his niece (Rory Patterson) and his young employee (Coy Benning Wentworth)? Will he also find himself a suitable trophy wife? The zany adventure leading to these answers is a wildly funny ride! Too many in cast to comment on all … but each actor added hilarity and mayhem to the action. The remainder of the cast includes: Robert Henry, Brian Habicht, Katie Buderwitz, Matthew Gilmore, Michael Dye, Lauren Thompson, and Deborah Marlowe, Technically artistic as well … Kooky Kudos to: Stephen Gifford (clever set design), Vicki Conrad (“fab” costumes), Lisa D. Katz (lighting), and Fritz Davis (sound). An all around delightful and “crowd pleasing” production, loaded with romantic mayhem. Do try to catch this one! Running through June 16 at Actors Co-op/David Schall Theatre located at 1760 Gower St. in Hollywood (on the grounds of the First Presbyterian Church). Free parking lot across the street from the entrance on Carlos. For tickets call (323) 462-8460 ext. 300 or reserve online at ActorsCo-op.org.

Sky Pilot Theatre — Fundraiser Evening

This sounds like fun! Friday, May 17, from 7 till 9:30. The evening titled “In the Mood for a Melody,” features song performances by their talented company members, at a piano bar at The River Rock Lounge (next to Sportsmen’s Lodge at Coldwater and Ventura Boulevard). Covering classic pop and Broadway tunes, in their own private room, called “Café Chanteuse” for the evening … cocktail attire is encouraged. The donation charge is $10 and will include a silent auction, offering amazing prizes! You must purchase your own cocktails, but the “mood” and entertainment is on them! For more information email SkyPilottheatre@gmail.com.

Back next week with two “opening night” reviews. Both in North Hollywood … I’ll be seeing Cooperstown and Fool for Love. I just heard on the evening news, that Sunday temps reached 103 in Burbank, breaking the record since 1976. Whew!


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