Saturday, March 08, 2008
Back to Hollywood
Went back to Hollywood tonight to another small theater. This time I showed up on time.
Saw "The Erikson Report" at the McCadden Theater by second-time playwright Adrian Bewley.
The show is about a Republican candidate for Vice President facing a personal crisis.
On one hand I admire anyone who can write a play, star in a play and actually mount a play.
And while there were some funny lines and interesting situations, this play just didn't hold together for me. Part of the problem is in how the story is told -- shifting back and forth in time in a confusing manner. And part of it is absurdity of the premise.
But still, hats off to Adrian Bewley -- http://www.adrianbewley.com/ -- for putting himself out there.
I thought of my friend, Roger Noriega, when the lead actress perfectly executed an on-stage spit take. Roger always thought the spit take was the height of comedy styling. The impeccable timing and admirable quantity of this one would have impressed him.