Review by Hayden Black
Theatre 68 is gambling on a duo of plays by Sam Henry Kass – Irving’s Tiara and Lusting After Pipino’s Wife – and The Tolucan Times was on hand to review both. (See Pat Taylor’s Nite Lights in this issue for Lusting.)
Irving’s Tiara is written and directed by Kass and focuses on a couple of women who work at a local Parks and Rec center and a third woman who works next door at a senior center. Together they plot to steal a tiara from one of the seniors (Irving), and we promise that you’ll be talking about this play long after it’s over.
Theresa Ireland plays Lydia. Trained in Stanislavski and Stella Adler methods, she really knows how to project; her commanding voice reverberated loudly throughout the small theatre.
Joining her is Jacqueline Misaye who plays Tommy and rounding out the cast as Rachel is Brittany Rizzo. Both women handled the never-ending, dizzying, machine-gun fire of dialog with aplomb, never once forgetting a line.
Special kudos must go to set-designer Danny Cistone for creating a bright, believable Parks and Rec office. And a last second roof leak only added to the reality; a couple of emergency buckets placed on the stage to catch the rain mingled with the janitor’s props (mops and buckets) and blended in perfectly.
“Irving’s Tiara” runs through March 1st. Info and tickets are available at Theatre68.com or by calling (323) 960-5068. Theatre 68 is located at 5112 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood.