Vagabond Players Have Crazy Time at The Raven
Middle-aged Miles Gladstone seems to have it all: wealth, a trophy wife, a successful business, and a happily married daughter. Then life takes a turn and things get a little crazy and the sexes draw their battle lines and name their price in Sam Bobrick’s comedy The Crazy Time. The Vagabond Players’ latest show is currently staging at The Raven Playhouse inNorth Hollywood.
Directed by Barry Pearl, the performers bounce through this light comedy spiced with music interludes from the ‘60s and ‘70s in between scenes, and an inventive musical curtain call all in fun. Mike is played by Clive Ashborn whose natural British accent is a joy to hear, plus Michael James Thompson (the ever present business partner/best friend), Jeff Weisen (first wife’s young beau), and Leilani Fideler (the adult daughter). Catherine Michaels adds a nice touch as the first wife who can play the mid-life crisis game as well as her husband, if not better.
The set added nicely and was used well and gave a slightly new dimension to The Raven. I would have liked to see some of the joke lines punched up a bit more and a little more comic shtick; however the play is nice fun throughout.
The Crazy Time stages on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. till June 30 at The Raven Playhouse located at 5233 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood (just north of Magnolia). General admission is $20. Students, seniors, and groups of 5 or more are $15. For reservations call (818) 206-4000 or visit www.thevagabondplayers.com.