Writer/director Gordon Bressack’s world premiere play Murder, Anyone? blends genres and writing styles as it humorously spoofs the writing process, the act of creation, and the madcap world of local theatre.
The play opens on arguing co-writers George (Jack Zullo) and Charlie (Devin Caldarone), attempting to create a genre bending play that becomes more convoluted as it goes along. As they make alterations to action and characters, the audience sees the play change in real time as it humorously goes off the rails. What does it mean to create when you don’t even agree on what you’re writing?
Writer/director Bressack lovingly parodies art, language and theatre as he considers what it means to create and how. He throws in knowing but hysterical observations about local theatre, black box productions and Hollywood screenwriting. Bressack also keeps things chugging along through overlapping dialogue, great pacing and high energy, with excellent timing further sealing the deal.
Production work is first rate, playing in to the joke.
The hysterical cast appears to be enjoying themselves, overplaying with panache. Zullo chews the scenery as the intense George, while Abraham Smith adds a nice dash of elan as potential murderer Richard.
Murder, Anyone? Is a laugh out loud funny look at the process of creating and collaboration, as it hilariously parodies crime thrillers and playwriting. The production contains graphic language, making it suitable for mature audiences only.
“Murder, Anyone?” plays Wednesdays at 8pm, through June 7th, at Whitefire Theatre located at 13500 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks. Tickets are $25, with senior/student/group tickets at $21. To purchase tickets visit BrownPaperTickets.com.