Many thanks to my loving daughter, Dana, who has been helping me on the weekends! Obviously younger than me … and much more patient … she is a blessing in so many ways!
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea
Noted New York playwright, John Patrick Shanley, has a remarkable body of work to his credit over the last few decades, of stage and film scripts. Doubt, Moonstruck, Savage in Limbo, Beggars in the House of Plenty, and Joe Versus the Volcano … just to name a few. This is one of his most emotionally “off beat” plays, infusing harsh and painful dialogue with achingly tender moments. The New York Daily News called it “an explosive, deeply affecting study of alienation and the redemptive power of love.” This is a dynamic production in every aspect of live theatre. A gritty, hard hitting story, about two of “society’s rejects,” who painfully struggle through every moment of their dysfunctional lives. Raw, vulgar, sexy, thought provoking, and funny at times … it is certainly not for the easily offended. Adult in content … open minded theatre goers will voyeuristically fall under its spell … captivated as we were. An involving two character study, passionately portrayed by a pair of excellent and attractive actors, we peer in on two lonely and bitter lost souls, who happen to cross paths at a dive bar in the Bronx. Unsuspecting “misfits,” each sitting alone guzzling beer, they engage in a tense and volatile conversation. Eventually, they leave together and go to Rebecca’s bedroom, in the home of her parents and young son. Danny is an angry, street brawling truck driver with major trust issues, and Roberta is a self loathing “tough cookie” with a painful and despicable secret. Eventually they both unpeel their self protective layers, in this cerebral and sensual story.
Under the breathtakingly beautiful direction of John McNaughton, this stunningly depicted “down n’ out” duo give award worthy performances! Matthew J. Williamson as Danny, and Juliet Landau as Roberta … flawlessly portray these tormented characters, with gut wrenching passion and believability. Mesmerizingly brilliant! Setting the dark and steamy tone of the play magically … kudos are in order to the design team: trippy set (Keiko Moreno), sensual costumes (Tanya Apuya), and moody lighting (Gary Lamb). They say there is “someone” for everyone in this crazy world…. These two troubled outcasts were surely destined to meet. Try to catch this disturbingly involving production! Running through Dec. 18 at Crown City Theatre located at 11031 Camarillo St. in North Hollywood. For seats call (818) 605-5685 or go to www.crowncitytheatre.com.
The Crown City Theatre Company is definitely “on a roll”! One top notch production after another, offering a diverse variety of production styles and play choices … I am never disappointed here … when the lights go down!
Mark Your Calendar
The King of the Desert – Opening Oct. 28 at The El Portal Forum Theatre
Said to be a compelling offering … this “one man” play, starring René Rivera, has gotten previous rave reviews. Based on a true story, it follows the journey of a Mexican/American boy’s life of self discovery, and realization of his dreams. For early booking, call (818) 508-4200.
That’s it for this week. Now, back to my crowded “costume cage” for one more week. I’m pooped!