The Three Roses Players, LA’s premiere new works theatre, is presenting The Writer Speaks ’11 Winner’s Circle #4 shows directed by the amazing Maggie Grant. Her staging flows easily through the four diverse short plays that were showcased at The Crown City Theatre in NoHo. And it seemed like a night full of winners with the local playwrights and the performers in the well-crafted shows.
“Quantum Trout” and “Scrotum Dialogues” were by Michael Sadler, who has a gift for finding the funny with great oddball characters. Jessica Jolly and Joe Comino were perfect as a peculiar pair (a smart hooker and a gumshoe) spouting clever noir dialogue in “Trout.” “Dialogues” was wackier with Bradley Fisher great as mobster/flower vendor Vinnie Valentine, who turns out to be a problem solver for an array of characters well-played by delightful Gary A. Rainer, Jay Bingham, Steve Neumeier and Bob Ebinger.
“The Baby” and “Coyote” by Ron Burch, created a more serious atmosphere with his relationship stories. Both put tension in the air. Nora Jesse said so much by her long pauses in “Baby.” Jonathan Holborn and Joe Comino were also strong portraying troubled guys in “Coyote.”
The Writer Speaks ’11 Winner’s Circle #4 had the four plays presented Feb. 20, and will also be shown Feb. 23 at 8 p.m., and March 6 at 7 p.m. at The Crown City Theatre at St. Matthews Church located at 11031 Camarillo St. in North Hollywood. For tickets, go to www.3rosesp.com.