Happily anticipating the soon to erupt onslaught of heavily tattooed “rockabilly” folks from all over the world, in my vintage clothing store of 32 years, “Hubba Hubba!” …

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I spent most of last week shopping! Feverishly looking for sassy clothing, jewelry, and accessories from the 1930s thru ‘60s, for both “guys n’ dolls,” many “fab foreigners” come in to see me year after year. They fly into L.A. heading for a four day party in Nevada, called “Viva Las Vegas” … where thousands of them gather, for music, gambling, and socializing. The nicest, friendliest folks … full of life, and surprisingly capable of communicating in English … I stopped counting last year at 18 represented countries. All of the eclectic and vintage stores in Magnolia Park celebrate their yearly visit!

I only caught one play on the weekend, and it was top notch in every area of theatrical vision!

Sovereign Body – A World Premiere.

Taylor Gilbert (Center Front) stars with (back row from left to right) Hannah Mae Sturges, Jack Millard, and Dani Stephens in the Road Theatre's World Premiere production of “SOVEREIGN BODY,” by Emilie Beck and directed by Scott Alan Smith.

Taylor Gilbert (Center Front) stars with (back row from left to right) Hannah Mae Sturges, Jack Millard, and Dani Stephens in the Road Theatre’s World Premiere production of “SOVEREIGN BODY,” by Emilie Beck and directed by Scott Alan Smith.

Anna Carini) all is going as planned. Suddenly, Anna begins to stumble and lose physical control repeatedly, for no apparent reason. Soon after, the vision of an evil and cocky man appears, unseen by the family, and only visible to the audience. An uninvited guest. Who is he? Why don’t they see him and feel his evil presence? Jack Millard is hypnotically terrifying throughout, as “The Man” … who plays “the disease personified.” I can’t reveal any more about him, or I’ll hinder your experience. This is a highly involving, brilliantly produced and performed production, that I highly recommend to all avid theater enthusiasts! A hard hitting and gritty dose of reality and an undeniable “mind trip” to wrap your head around. The audience was suspended in a hypnotic and focused daze throughout. Kudos to the “behind the scenes” artists, who I feel must be credited! Stephen Gifford (fab set design), Jocelyn Hublau (costumes), David B. Marling (sound), Derrick McDaniel (lighting), Drew Price (original music), Jessica Wierzba and Matt Glave (choreography), Darryl Johnson (film footage), and Sam Anderson/Taylor Gilbert/and Kevin Shipp/Producers. If my review piqued your interest … book seats today! I have a feeling they will be hard to get, once the “buzz” gets around town. Running through May 24 at the historic Lankershim Arts Center (upstairs) located at 5108 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. For tickets call (866) 811-4111 or online at RoadTheatre.org.

Footnote:

Friday nights include a complimentary glass of wine, and a chance to chat with the cast and crew after the show.

That’s my story for this week … Keep tuning in … and get out there and catch some local theater!

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