The ELATE Theatre Company’s current production of The Psychic by Sam Bobrick at The Lincoln Stegman Theatre is a delightful murder mystery adventure with many humorous, suspenseful, unexpected twists and turns. The play had its Worldwide Premiere at the Falcon Theatre in 2010 (now the Garry Marshall Theatre).
Playwright Bobrick has written over 30 plays but got his start writing television sitcoms before creating the long-running series Saved by the Bell, so he knows how to get a laugh.
This play, set in a dingy New York basement apartment (every character has something to say about it!) is perfect for this theatre company whose stage is in the basement of a church! (It really makes you feel part of the action.)
The apartment is home to struggling mystery writer Adam Webster (Brian Patrick Roach) who tries to pass himself off as a psychic by hanging a crayon scrawled sign in his window hawking readings for $25 to make some quick cash. But when Adam issues a surprisingly genuine prediction to his beautiful first customer Laura Benson (Carla Betz), an unhappy wife, a string of inquisitive characters soon darken his door. When corpses start piling up, everyone is a suspect.
Director Stanley Brown’s well-paced staging for the actors makes the most of this laugh-filled unpredictable ride.
Only four performances left. Saturday, August 18 and 25 at 8pm and Sunday, August 19 and 26 at 2pm. ELATE Theatre Company at The Lincoln Segman Theatre (at Emmanual Lutheran Church) is located at 6020 Radford Ave. in North Hollywood.
For reservations and Information call (818) 509-0882.