When the lights go down for the start of the show the audience is treated to Dean Martin’s “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime.” Would-be writer and book store clerk Felix’s (Bill Stevenson) time has come in an unexpected way and with an unusual person.
Looking out from his San Francisco loft, Felix focuses his binoculars on a prostitute plying her trade. He then complains to the landlord and Doris (Jade Warner) is evicted. Soon trouble is pounding on his door in the form of Doris, not a prostitute but more a self-described “model and actress.” She figures Felix owes her a bed for the night and won’t take no for an answer. This unusual arrangement sparks romance and laughs, and the script provides lots of them. It is a battle of body over mind in this love/hate relationship of two very different characters that just might be right for each other.
Bill Manhoff’s The Owl and the Pussycat is directed by Gloria Gifford and features energetic and physical performances by the actors who are both nearly onstage the whole time in this classic comedy that still brings in the laughs. It made for a crowd pleasing night. In between scenes I enjoyed the mostly sixties music that played which both entertained and added to the theme and fun.
The Owl and the Pussycat runs at the T.U. Studios located at 10943 Camarillo St. in North Hollywood. Free Parking. Shows are Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. through May 12. Admission is $20. For reservations call (310) 366-5505. Online ticketing at tix.com.