“It’s Criminal! The Comedy” Stands Trial at The Santa Monica Playhouse

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Murray Meyer in the courtroom scene.

Criminal defense attorney Murray Meyer writes an idiosyncratic travelogue through the criminal justice system in under an hour in his one-man presentation of “It’s Criminal.”
The piece, directed by Laurel Ollstein, welcomes the audience with its set of boxes and papers strewn all around in an organized and yet disorganized manner similar to most legal offices. Meyer, in his rather “Leno-esque” styled monolog, brings that organization and disorganization of the legal world into perspective with a comedic and blunt approach.
The playbill is cleverly designed as a legal brief thus adding some special fun to the program. Meyer is fun as well as he describes his colorful past including being born in New York, schooled in Montreal and educated in the streets and by life experience as much as the classroom.
The play is promoted as “getting people off and other fantasies,” and Meyer slices and dices the possibility of getting people off and the fantasies and realities of the legal profession with pros and cons heavily weighed on the cons in the use of that word more ways than one.

“It’s Criminal” is a guest production at Santa Monica Playhouse and is produced by Pender Pine Productions. It plays Saturdays at 8 pm through Feb. 13. All tickets are $16 and can be purchased by calling (323) 960-7780 or online at www.Plays411.com/ItsCriminal. The Santa Monica Playhouse is located at 1211 4th St. (between Wilshire and Arizona) in Santa Monica. Convenient parking across the street.

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