Thoughtful ‘The Man Who Saved Everything’ a compelling look at our memories at Theatre West through Sept. 23

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Filled with thoughtful writing and excellent acting, The Man Who Saved Everything explores what it means to preserve memories and keep the thought of loved ones alive, while at the same time refusing to let go of the past.

Benjamin Scuglia’s world premiere play presents Barry (David Mingrino), who moved home in early adulthood to help care for his ailing father and never left. A caretaker of memories as well as loved ones, he hoards every treasure his parents left behind. Facing eviction as the neighborhood gentrifies, can Barry walk away from his protective cocoon and take a step into confronting the real world?

Director Michael Van Duzer builds nice pacing and energy into the production, artfully combining past and present as Barry searches for meaning and connection.

Acting is first-rate, led by Mingrino’s heart-rending performance as the troubled Barry, and Alan Schack’s formidable but Alzheimer’s-suffering father.

Excellent production design enhances the confused mental state of Barry, blending eerie sound effects, atmospheric lighting, and an overwhelming sense of claustrophic clutter to reveal how stuck in the past he remains.

The Man Who Saved Everything takes a compelling look at how possessions can connect us with memories and loved ones while also preventing deep relationships with others.

Theatre West presents the world premiere of “The Man Who Saved Everything,” playing Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm through September 23 at Theatre West located at 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West in Los Angeles. There are “talkbacks” with the cast after each Sunday matinee. Tickets cost $25. For further information or to purchase tickets visit TheatreWest.org or call (323) 851-7977.

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