The Curious Savage Offers Nutty Fun at the Magic Mirror

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From l, back row: Carlos J. Echevarria (Dr. Emmett), Eugenia Care (Mrs. Paddy), Grafton Doyle (Titus), Jason Hamilton (Samuel), Alaina Whitney (Lily Belle), Nicholas Anthony Reid (Jeffrey), Mark McKeown (Hannibal), and Poonam Basu-Rushton (Fairy May). Front row: Ericka Zepeda (Miss Willie) and Kate Kennedy (Florence).

From l, back row: Carlos J. Echevarria (Dr. Emmett), Eugenia Care (Mrs. Paddy), Grafton Doyle (Titus), Jason Hamilton (Samuel), Alaina Whitney (Lily Belle), Nicholas Anthony Reid (Jeffrey), Mark McKeown (Hannibal), and Poonam Basu-Rushton (Fairy May). Front row: Ericka Zepeda (Miss Willie) and Kate Kennedy (Florence).

Widowed Mrs. Savage has been left ten million dollars in negotiable securities by her husband and desires to put it to good use. However, her adult stepchildren want to get their hands on it to serve their own agenda.

As a means of controlling her, they place Mrs. Savage in a “sanatorium” hoping to “bring her to her senses.” Undaunted, while there she meets a colorful group of social misfits. Each of the “misfits” is imbued with some heart and loyalty in addition to their oddity. The battle for the money ensues to a fever pitch and makes you wonder just what crazy actually is.

Special kudos to Laura Rosas (Mrs. Savage), who was a late replacement as the lead character, and, though somewhat on book, did so in such a seamless manner that she made it seem true to the character.

The Curious Savage is written by John Patrick and has many clever moments which are brought out well as directed by Julie Raelyn.

The cast is energetic and well chosen for their wacky roles. The performers include: Grafton Doyle, Ericka Zepeda, Carlos J. Echevarria, Jason Hamilton, Kate Kennedy, Mark McKeown, Poonam Basu-Rushton, Nicholas Anthony Reid, Alaina Whitney, and Eugenia Care.

The audience in attendance was quite diverse including children. This is a show that is fun and works for the whole family.

The Curious Savage runs through March 30 at The Magic Mirror Theatre located at 4934 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. Remaining performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 (General Admission).

Reservations online at: curiousatmirror.brownpapertickets.com.

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