Play On Provides Lots of Laughs in North Hollywood

“Play On”: A ridiculously-funny comedy about a theater group trying desperately to put on a play ... with an emphasis on ‘desperately.’ From l, Erica Brauer, Goreti da Silva, Sara Tomko, Anthony Marquez, David Trice, Stacy Kesten, Mary Burkin, Vanessa Forster, Joe Lorenzo, and Edisol Wayne Dotson.

“Play On”: A ridiculously-funny comedy about a theater group trying desperately to put on a play … with an emphasis on ‘desperately.’ From l, Erica Brauer, Goreti da Silva, Sara Tomko, Anthony Marquez, David Trice, Stacy Kesten, Mary Burkin, Vanessa Forster, Joe Lorenzo, and Edisol Wayne Dotson.

Above the Curve Theatre is currently staging Rick Abbot’s Play On about an inept theater troupe’s production of a meddling playwright’s murder mystery. We see all of the behind-the-scenes and onstage drama and chaos as the show must go on. Go on it does to hilarious results.

Director Mark Swiech has his well cast group of actors going for every inventive mug and joke they can get as many play characters and then of course those characters play roles in the over-the-top murder play as well.

The show features David Trice, Stacy Kesten, Gorete da Silva, Sara Tomko, Vanessa Forster, Joe Lorenzo, Anthony Marquez, Edisol Wayne Dotson, Erica Bauer, and Mary Burkin.

There are laughs a-plenty and a bunch of kooky characters played to the hilt. This is a rare play that actually keeps the lights up throughout so that one gets the feeling they are sitting in on a rehearsal of a meshing of varied and dueling personalities and characters that happens in many stage productions, plus all the mishaps with props, blocking, sound cues, blown lines, and more.

Above the Curve Theatre is dedicated to empowering female artists as well as to help men and women refine their talents and help the community.

Play On runs through March 24 at the Actors Workout Studio in North Hollywood at 4735 Lankershim Blvd. Tickets are $15 at the door and $10 reserved online at abovethecurve.com. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m.

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