I only caught one production for “review” on the weekend… and one just for fun…

Stones in His Pockets

From l, Andrew Friedman and Jerry Richardson in “Stones in His Pockets.”

Presented by Chicago’s TUTA Theatre West, this is a hilariously fast moving comedy, taking place in County Kerry, Ireland. An Olivier Award winning play, written with brilliant imagination and playful creativity, by Marie Jones, it is nothing short of a “mind trip” for the audience! Although I enjoyed every crazy and clever moment… I must admit, it was difficult for me to keep up with! Maniacally magical… two actors (aided with “minimal” costume changes for character identification) play 15 recurring roles (both male and female) with seemingly effortless and razor sharp skill. A perfect play for other actors to see and study… as the crisp, chameleon-like work of this twosome is beyond remarkable! It is the story of two “down on their luck” Irish locals, who get a chance to work as extras for a month on a major Hollywood movie, filming in their “wee” hometown. Decidedly out of their element, and with “stars in their eyes,” they must eventually realize that this “glitz and glamour” is only temporary. Very funny… as they mix n’ mingle with the film’s cast and crew… with plenty of life lessons tossed in the mix. Directed with wild abandon by Zeljko Djukic, these two hard working American actors give unbelievably high energy performances! (They must be “dreaming” in Irish accents by now.) Andrew Friedman plays nine intermittent roles: “Charlie, Simon, Caroline, Giovanni, Fin, Jock Campbell, Clem, Brother Gerard and Mr. Harkin.” A main company member of The Groundlings Theatre, his list of TV and film credits is extensive. Jerry Richardson plays seven recurring roles here: “Jake, Mickey, Aisling, Sean, John, Dave and interviewer.” He has appeared theatrically countrywide, and also has impressive credits on popular TV series. So you can see by now, how this might be a challenging theatrical experience for the “dazed” but highly entertained audience to follow… but both ambitious actors are excellent! On a sparse set… six wooden chairs, and a big black trunk… with a projection screen in the back, and great musical interludes… these guys tell their colorful stories with riotous and touching skill! If you’re up for a unique and highly imaginative night at the theatre… try to catch this “E-ticket ride” to insanity! Running Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 17 at The Zephyr Theatre located at 7456 Melrose Ave. in Hollywood. For seats, call (323) 960-7822 or go to www.plays411.com/stones.

Last Chance to Enjoy On Golden Pond at Burbank’s Colony Theatre

Entertaining my friend Kazuko, visiting from Japan, we caught this heartwarming play, starring Hal Linden. With fond memories of the blockbuster film, starring Henry and Jane Fonda, it was a treat to see it as a staged production. If you’d like to see it, you must act fast… as they only have five performances left. Thursday through Sunday night this weekend. It was charming!

Next Window Please

Jackie Goldberg, 79 years young!

Oops! In my favorable review last week of Doug Haverty’s fun lovin’ play, running at Lonny Chapman Theatre… I made an error! Raving about one actress specifically, calling her performance flawless… I then erroneously listed her “character name” instead of her own. So sorry to Cady Douglas… whose fine depiction is worthy of mentioning again!

In closing… I’d like to say “Happy Birthday” to “The Pink Lady”… Jackie Goldberg! Celebrating her 79th year on the planet, this tireless dynamo is currently working on her fourth senior “Rockin’ with the Ages” production. Will let you know where and when it will open later… Sometime in 2012.


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