It’s Dark Out — Three One-Acts by the Vagabond Players at the Raven

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From l, Blake Harrison, Clive Ashborn, and Christopher Ocepek in “Little Fortress” from “It’s Dark Out.”

Nine actors play a variety of characters in three one-act dramas. Each play essentially addresses the question of “what price is a man or woman of passion willing to pay?” The answer is sometimes surprising.

“Denial” is a brief two character pointed conversation.

“The Devil on this Earth” is themed around two women in prison. Both are there for different reasons and results. They form a bond of sorts as they converse between their cells.

“Little Fortress” takes place in 1930’s Germany. The story revolves around a hopeful filmmaker in a time when both film and the political realm are taking on a new meaning throughout the world. This play is somewhat confusing at first; however it does have a subtle and strong message.

Some of the work is straightforward while other parts have a feel of black comedy, though all three never shrink from a focused depiction of the lengths individuals will move to complete their dreams, no matter what the price may be. The productions in their blocking go beyond just the actual stage and thus the actor entries add some of the unexpected, contributing to the theme of the productions.

Directed by Lewis Hauser, this plays features a competent crew of actors: Thaine Allison Jr., Clive Ashborn, Ken Bernfield, Cindy Dellinger, Blake Harrison, Neita Lawrence, Catherine Michaels, Christopher Ocepek, and Michael James Thompson.

It’s Dark Out plays through March 31 on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. The Raven Playhouse is located at 5233 Lankershim Blvd. (just north of Magnolia) in North Hollywood. For reservations call (818) 206-4000. Tickets are $20. Students, seniors, and group discounts available. For more information, visit www.thevagabondplayers.com.

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