Revocable Trust is a melodrama about a young, insecure teacher, Leilani (played by Emily Button), who is cheated out of her father’s ample legacy by her mean, selfish stepmother, Rhoda (Monica Martin.)
When the lawyer, Mr. Grabstein, reads her the adjusted will, the frustrated Leilani lashes out at him, saying that in German, his name means “gravestone.” Her situation seems hopeless, until Leilani, hiding under the stairs, hears Rhoda telling her lover, Harvey (Anthony Blackman) how she convinced her husband to change his will.
Now tormented because of her inability to get what is rightfully hers, Leilani has a series of dreams. In one of them, Miguel (Michael Moret), an old schoolmate, comes to her in uniform, giving her a rosy picture of the past and future. She is elated, until she realizes Miguel never came back from the war. A dream of her mother’s friend Hilda, (Lauren Simon) with news that her mother had taken precautions to protect her from her father’s betrayal, turns into a nightmare when Hilda becomes Leilani’s nemesis, Katarina Kagan. It is only when Carlos, her massage therapist (also played by Michael Moret) gives her the confidence she needs, that she is able to figure out how to turn the tables.
The acting is sometimes melodramatic, sometimes farcical, but the director (John Coppola) has included clever bits of business, taking advantage of the ingenious multi-room stage.
“Revocable Trust” plays Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm through October 14 at Studio C located at 6448 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles. For tickets visit RevocableTrust.brownpapertickets.com.