My health and dealing with it has kept me from venturing out to many local plays around town. Boy, have I missed them! I did catch a BRILLIANT one-man show on the weekend and I highly recommend that everyone who loves theatre in L.A. should see it!
‘I Am Not A Comedian… I’m Lenny Bruce’
Described as obscene, provocative, criminal and controversial, this powerful one-man play is all of that and more! Ronnie Marmo, no newcomer to cloning this renowned X-rated humorist, gives a BREATHTAKING performance!
Directed with GRITTY FOCUS by actor Joe Mantegna (TV’s Criminal Minds), the delicate balance between actor and director is strongly felt here. Not usually a big fan of “one-actor” productions, but now and then one comes along that I feel puts the audience in a focused and appreciative trance throughout. This is one of those magical times!
Co-written by Marmo and Jason M. Burns over a five-year period, we are privy to the colorful and acerbic viewpoints of Lenny Bruce.
Opening in a dimly lit bathroom with a nude Lenny Bruce hunched over a toilet; the play begins as he puts on his clothing. Once dressed, we are treated to a CAPTIVATING solo performance not soon to be forgotten!
Revealing his views on a controversial life journey, his personal relationships, his ties to his mother, fatherhood, sex, career, drug addiction, love affairs and much more, the audience was united in a mesmerized state. His nightclub scenes—performing his act as Lenny Bruce—were captivating.
This entire larger than life flashback to the days of Lenny Bruce is humorous, informative and highly entertaining!
Kudos behind the scenes in setting just the right mood: Matt Richter (Lighting/Projectionist), Danny Cistone (Production Design) and M.J. Scott (Wardrobe). A POWERFULLY felt evening of theatre. Do catch this one!
I strongly believe that this production will get a lot of attention come theatrical awards time.
“I Am Not A Comedian… I’m Lenny Bruce” runs through Saturday, July 29 at Theatre 68 located at 5112 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. Tickets are available at Theatre68.com and additional information at (323) 960-5068.
I’ll be back soon with more “theetah” chat!
In addition to writing about theatre for The Tolucan Times, Pat Taylor owns Hubba Hubba! vintage clothing store in Burbank.