Private Eyes Provides New Way of Seeing

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From l, Ernest Pipoly, Tori Taite, Sheela Walker, and Cookie Ruth in “Private Eyes.”

CRE Outreach provides an inspiring evening of theatre featuring the Theatre by the Blind in Private Eyes, a fun little detective story examining truth and reality. The only entirely blind theatre troupe in the country, Theatre by the Blind’s performers gain self-esteem and self-expression by acting on stage, demonstrating to audiences the true meaning of courage.

The production examines reality and how we view it through our eyes; do we truly see what is happening before us, or do we exist in a fantasy world of how we would like life to be? Private Eyes shows life through the eyes of Matthew (Tori Taite), a questioning actor married to pretty actress Lisa (Maria Perez). As they star in a play with director Adrian (Ernest Pipoly), reality shifts between the characters, as Matthew reexamines and relives situations.

Director Greg Shane’s passion for the project shines through as he inspires the cast to give thoughtful and expressive performances, while also demonstrating fine timing and humor. Shane keeps the action smoothly moving around the tiny stage.

The small cast plays their parts with brio and enthusiasm, memorizing large amounts of dialogue while also bringing personality to their roles. Perez brings playfulness and teasing to the forthright Lisa, while Taite gives an ironic, humorous take on the questioning Matthew. Pipoly’s Adrian is arrogant and self-absorbed.

CRE Outreach and Theatre by the Blind demonstrate what it truly means to take risks and face new challenges, while facing life with a smile in Private Eyes.

CRE Outreach presents Theatre by the Blind in Private Eyes, playing Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through April 8 at the Promenade Playhouse located at 1404 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica. Tickets cost $20, and can be purchased by calling (310) 902-8220 or visiting www.creoutreach.org.

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