“Sin,” written by Wendy MacLeod and directed by Tony Savant, is riveting theater. Set in San Francisco on the eve of the earthquake of 1989, “Sin” features an astonishing performance by Elena Fabri (Avery) who is the beleaguered air traffic reporter for a local radio station. She appears in every scene, matched in intensity by her fellow actors: Pilot Fred (Vito Viscuso) who bitterly rages against the promotion of Jason (Jason Fox) to news director, which he wanted; her gluttonous roommate and envious friend Helen (Holly Clapham); separated husband Michael, an alcoholic doctor; she visits in a bar, first accosted by barfly Louis, a lustful poet (Rocky Benoit), has a disastrous blind date with Jonathan (Bradley Hasemeyer); and in one of the most realistic and harrowing encounters, she visits her brother dying from AIDS, Gerard (Tim Coultas).
Makeup is exceptional, showing sores on his neck, arms and face with red eyes. He conveys a troubled mind, calling himself a “deathbed bore,” and thinks he has “consumptive charisma.”
Pilot Fred, jealous of his new boss, gears his helicopter (good sound effects by Michael Miraula and Tadamori Yagi, as well as the simulated earthquake in the Gerard scene) from the Golden Gate Bridge to Jason’s house against the protests of Avery. She erupts in meeting with Jason and is unfairly fired from her job when she refuses to fire Fred.
The writing is above par, with biting dialogue vividly expressing the seven deadly sins: Pride; Wrath; Greed; Lust; Envy; Gluttony; and Sloth.
“Sin” is at the Playhouse West Repertory Theatre (Studio 2, 10634 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood). Performances are: Friday, December 4 at 8pm and Sunday, December 6 at 7pm, ending Sunday, December 11 (2pm matinee and at 7pm). Admission to all performances is FREE (donations accepted). For reservations or additional information, visit www.playhousewest.net.