I caught a most enjoyable production on the weekend, offered by a theatrical troupe that I wasn’t familiar with, and enjoyed every minute. I hope I inspire you to also catch it!

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‘Good People’

Written with HEARTFELT PASSION and “true to life” humor by David Lindsay-Abaire and directed with COMEDIC FLAIR by Christine Dunford, this is an ambitiously fine production.

Unfolding on a small stage, Yuri Okahana has designed a very CLEVER set design, not an easy task! Maggie Lima’s KOOKY costumes also added to the vibe perfectly.

Taking place in Boston’s “Southie” neighborhood, the story develops around Margaret, a mother of one daughter (unseen), struggling to make ends meet. A HEARTFELT performance by Kia Hellman! Opening in the back room of a Dollar Store, her friend and boss is about to fire her for being late too often, played by a QUIRKY Tyler Meridith. Devastated, Margaret goes home to her kooky mother, played by a HILARIOUS Marsha Morgan, and her wacky gal pal Jean, played by a LOVEABLY LOONEY Laura House. Desperate to find a job, Margaret finagles an invitation to a party at the home of an old male friend now married and a successful doctor. Margaret hopes to secure a job of some sort by attending. When she arrives and meets his lovely wife all hell breaks loose! STRONG PERFORMANCES by Shayne Anderson as Mike and Keiana Richard as Kate. Memories unfold and truths resurface over brie and wine as tempers ignite all ‘round! Mixing drama and hilarity again and again, some of the funniest moments explode at the girls’ frequent bingo nights! This is a very clever and meaningful production mixing the difficulties of life with the kooky people who “laugh out loud” throughout life’s challenges. I hope many of you will venture out to catch this one. KUDOS to all involved with the “magic” of this entire production. I loved it!

“Good People” runs through June 4th at the intimate Hudson Guild Theatre located at 6539 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. For tickets visit them online at GoodPeopleHudsonTheatre.Wordpress.com or call (323) 960-5770.

Coming soon: ‘John is the Father’ starring Sam Anderson

I am so looking forward to seeing this FABULOUS veteran actor appearing in this show on May 12th at The Road Theatre on Lankershim Blvd. in NoHo (upstairs). Anything he performs in is captivating! You will know his face from various TV roles and live onstage he is always CAPTIVATING! All things considered… this is my favorite male stage actor in Los Angeles!

To book seats ahead call (818) 761-8838 or visit RoadTheatre.org.

Back soon with more “theatah chat” in hopes of getting you off your couches and into some of L.A.’s multitude of venues, offering wonderful live theatre! Now and then you’ll catch a play that is a “klunker” but usually I find that every one of the productions I see have merit in one way or another.

Ta-ta for now.

Besides writing about theatre for The Tolucan Times, Pat Taylor owns Hubba Hubba! vintage clothing store in Burbank.

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