Write Act Repertory continues its “Madness, Mayhem, & Other Stimulants…When Women Write!” program with A Colorful Conscience, a quirky series of short playlets that blend genres with twist endings to create an entertaining, surprising production. Featuring everything from wry comedy to melodrama to thriller, the evening offers a little something for everyone.
Writer Rochelle Perry’s series of short plays features colors as representation for emotions, and then twisting those familiar feelings like a kaleidoscope, often introducing violence into the equation. Most of these feature coarse language, making them suitable only for mature audiences.
“Candy Cane Killer” highlights the evening, a story of an unexpected college serial killer. It features fine acting by Cameron Kauffman and Jacob Osborne as young lovers, along with excellent production work. “A Good Mother” also stands out, with Suzie Heaton fierce and determined to raise her son the right way and help him resolve his romantic issues. Isaac Jay brings compassion to the hurting on.
“The Glass Ceiling” has its moments, especially when it turns who’s in charge on its head: partying boss or straight arrow Asian employee. Osborne oozes insincerity as the demeaning frat boy boss, while Jeffrey Han’s understandable resentment boils over into rage. “The Color Yellow” features sardonic humor and excellent timing, as two women find their futures in fortune cookie readings. Anna Dawahare gives a flirty, charming performance.
A Colorful Conscience playfully turns emotions upside down for a fun evening at the theatre.
Write Act Repertory presents “A Colorful Conscience: A Series of Short Plays” as part of its “Madness, Mayhem, & Other Stimulants…When Women Write!” series Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm through October 1 at the Brickhouse Theatre located at 10950 Peachgrove St. in North Hollywood. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling (800) 838-3006 or by visiting BrownPaperTickets.com/event/3070482.