“Mrs. Cage” is a psychological drama written by Nancy Barr and directed by Barbara Bain. It features two outstanding actors, making a tedious play worth sitting through. Mrs. Cage (Katelyn Ann Clark) is being investigated for murder by Lt. Angel (David Ross Paterson) in an interrogation room.
Mrs. Cage says she is there to tell the truth. However, for most of the play she rambles on, goes off on conversational tangents and deflects Angel’s questions. And it also becomes clear she is delusional over bus boy Billy at the supermarket.
Billy is killed by a thief who at gunpoint grabs a purse from Mrs. Cage’s nemesis, Phyllis Dean whom Billy is helping to load her grocery bags. Mrs. Cage’s fingerprints are on the gun she picks up when the suspect drops it.
Mrs. Cage is fixated on Billy. She notices everything about him, thinking he flirts with her and repeats the Rawhide song just for her. Clark, in a pleasing vocal, sings the Rawhide song.
She goes on about being the subservient housewife for 27 years, ironing the sleeves and cuffs of her husband’s shirts, only to be told that she should send the shirts out. It makes no difference to him. Her fragile mental stage is affected by this dismissal. And her daughter doesn’t respect or like her.
Katelyn Ann Clark, whose face expresses a myriad of subtle emotions, is mesmerizing. Lt. Angel finally says “I think something bad caught up with you today.” And the truth finally comes out.
“Mrs. Cage” is at The NoHo Actors’ Studio at 5215 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood.?Performances: Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m., ending December 20.
General Admission:?$13. Seniors/Students with ID: $11.
Reservations & Information: (818) 761-2166 or www.thenohoactorsstudio.com.