Making it to the “grown-up table” can be a challenge in life for many of us. But add ADHD, alcoholism and a bit more and you have Frank South’s personal journey currently staging at the Santa Monica Playhouse, “Pay Attention: ADHD in Hollywood, On the Rocks with a Twist.”
Frank South is a writer, performer and actor, and previously wrote/produced for Hill Street Blues, Melrose Place and many other successful shows after entering the world of theatre, by way of being a waiter.
In close to two non-stop hours mixed with hilarity and horror, South careens from a high school talent show with guitar over shoulder, to mentorship with Robert Altman, to the sometime deadly rollercoaster world of network television with generous doses of personal and family life thrown in.
Facing his demons, or at least recognizing them, he catapults through arguments, Vietnam, meeting his wife, taking the fall for Melrose Place via his court testimony and more.
He also instills a bit of knowledge of what everyday life, even the simple things, can be for those with ADHD and other conditions.
It took me part of the early moments to get into the story, which at two hours is long for a one-person show, but as the show continued it became increasingly entertaining and insightful; a compelling storytelling done in an energetic style.
“Pay Attention: ADHD in Hollywood, On the Rocks with a Twist” runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 6pm through June 7. Tickets are $25. To order tickets, visit www.plays411.com/PayAttention or call (323) 960-7738. For group sales, visit www.FrankSouth.net or call (808) 382-8283. The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse is located at 1211 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90491.