Well, we finally got a few days that were hot enough to grumble about

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While most of the country has sweltered this summer, we’ve been lucky in Southern California…

Eat the Runt

Left to right: Joshua Wolfe Coleman, Justin Okin, Darret Sanders, Dawn Greenidge, Lauren Leatherer, Joel Scher, Krista Conti, David LM McIntyre

Written by Avery Crozier with mind-boggling brilliance… This one will twist your brain! One of the most innovative, funny, wildly creative, ingenious, and theatrically challenging staged concepts I’ve ever seen! Also, one of the trickiest to “review,” in a way that will pique your interest without revealing too much. I think I’ll just have a wee cocktail… And then proceed! You’ll notice that all of the characters names are suitable for males and females… Which allows either sex to enact every role. Ingenious! Astoundingly, there are 4,320, possible casting combinations, depending on “who” the audience chooses pre-show, to play “which” roles. Baffling! This means every actor must have memorized eight roles, and be prepared to play any one of them each night… on the moment! We are privy to the complex and grilling “interview process” at an elite art museum. Anything goes in the manic quest for this coveted job! In the lead role the night I went… is a total riot! Vying cunningly for the title, he has certainly done his homework. As the team of “big-wigs” he must impress, “We” cast Dawn Greenidge (Pinky), Darret Sanders (Royce), Joel Scher (Chris), Joshua Wolf Coleman (Sidney), Krista Conti (Hollis), Laureen Letherer (Gene), and Justin Okin (as a surprise guest). All were excellent and hilarious! Spontaneous combustion! Such a unique and clever accomplishment for all involved… the ambitious director, Tom Beyer, must have barely escaped insanity, guiding this multi-faceted cast! Delighted audiences feel compelled to return to this brain-teasing extravaganza again and again… as each spontaneous combination of actors offers a new “take” on the shenanigans. After your first experience… you can come again repeatedly, at a $5.00 discount. So much fun! I’ve never seen anything like it! Running Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursday nights at 8 p.m. through Sept. 9th- at Theatre of NOTE, 1517 Cahuenga (just north of Sunset) in Hollywood. For tickets call (323) 856-8611 or online at www.threatreofnote.com.

F.Y.I. Running in rep with Eat the Runt is another winner titled, Shake. A thought provoking view of the effects of 9/11, our Tolucan Times critic Joseph Schneider gave it a strongly favorable review! Running Friday and Saturday nights, and Sunday matinees till Sept 5th.

Mark Your Weekend!

Opening Aug. 21st in South Pasadena at The Fremont Centre Theatre, Top Dog/Underdog, a Pulitzer Prize winning play in 2002, promises to be a compelling night of the theatre! We follow two African-American brothers named Lincoln and Booth (their father’s idea of a joke…) and are taken into the deceitful world of “Three Card Monte.” Said to be funny, suspenseful, and dramatic… I look forward to this one. As always, more to come next week…

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