The Wanderlust Theater Company is a new theatrical group on the LA scene. For their first production they have made an ambitious choice in David Lindsay-Abaire’s outrageous and at times dark comedy about love, secrets, and seeking the meaning in life while analyzing a possible barrel trip over Niagara Falls– Wonder of the World! A tall order for sure however, Lindsay-Abaire is the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright of Rabbit Hole.
Cass (Jessica Ellis) finds out an unusual secret about her husband, Kip (Danny Grossman). In shock and surprise and inspired by the Marilyn Monroe film Niagara she flees toNiagara Falls via bus. In her journey, she checks off items on her life list and encounters a number of quirky characters. First, there is a suicidal alcoholic whom she befriends (Bonnie Brennan), an eligible and lonely tour-boat captain (Andrew Herndon) whom she romances, a couple of amateurish private investigators (Tracey Collins and Dennis Delsing), and several other characters all portrayed by the versatile Deidre Moore.
The cast plays with a fun and unusual script, the kind that you can not quite predict what will happen next. I especially enjoyed Bonnie Brennan’s portrayal as the alcoholic, with her own barrel. The script and scene changes are accented with some popular music including songs from The Carpenters which lends itself to the overall mood. Director Christopher Honorio manages to keep all the balls up in the air with a large cast and frequent scene changes.
Wonder of the World is at The Lost Studio located at 130 S. La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles. Performances are on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m. to Nov. 3. For tickets, visit wanderlustla.org.