By Jessica Matthews

“Johnny and Linda” in “Ligature: A Collection of Five Short Plays.”

Ligature: A Collection of Five Short Plays is a night of original plays about the ties that bind us, presented by Moving Arts.

“Blank,” written by Rachel White and directed by Vesna Hocevar, shows the life of Katie, played ever so well by Rebecca Davis. Katie’s android, Colleen, performed by Sara Wagner (strong resemblance to Kathy Bates) contributed some great memories, most notably the vacuum scene.

“Johnny and Linda” is the tale of a mother and son drawn apart by the mother’s ex-con boyfriend. Daria Balling shows truth in the character of a torn woman. However, it was hard not to watch Joshua Rush, an amazing young find.

An aggressive woman strongly portrayed by Nina Rausch in “Successor” cons an ambitious mobster and his faithful henchman, in a realistic performance by O’Neil C. Cespedes.

My favorite play was “What We Don’t Remember” due to the writing by Josh Galitsky, direction by Terence Anthony and the performances by Tony DeCarlo and the riveting Casey Nelson. It is the story of two brothers who confront their tragic past.

“New Orleans” is the story of three lonely people who struggle to rebuild their lives, written by John Orlock and brought to life by Tara Thomas and Wendy Elizabeth Abraham.

Moving Arts presents Ligature: A Collection of Five Short Plays at The Court Theater at the Hollywood United Methodist Church located at 6817 Franklin Ave. in Los Angeles. Performances run Feb. 16 through March 8 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. General Admission is $16; students are $10. For Information, go to or call (323) 666-3259.

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