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T H E A T E R   R E V I E W  -  Crawl, Fade to White  -  Theatre of Note


Award winning playwright Sheila Callaghan serves up a theater treat at the Theatre of NOTE

with Crawl, Fade to White.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - In Crawl, Fade to White, a strained relationship between a mother and daughter is explored. When Louise sells an expensive family heirloom to make ends meet, her daughter April embarks on a mission to retrieve the lamp. Along the way she gets acquainted with her bizarre quirky neighbors, who are keeping a secret of their own. Interestingly enough, throughout the play a photo with the image of April’s father fades to white in the background.

Director Michael Michetti comments, “Like Sheila’s previous plays, Crawl, Fade to White has a sort of magical theatricality, an offbeat sensibility and delicious language. But this piece also has a kind of simple humanity, a quiet pervading ache, which makes this one quite unique among Sheila’s works.”

This quick paced drama is supported by actors who dig into the subtext of the story. Rebecca Gray excels in the role of Louise, creating a likeable character at the crossroads in life. Heather Witt gives a spunky portrayal as her daughter April. Phinneas Kiyomura is fun as April’s oversexed, and just as lost, boyfriend Nolan. The comedic highlight is given by the out of touch with reality neighbors Fran and Dan, played by Esther Ives Williams and Patrick McGowan, who are simply endearing. Darrett Sanders completes the cast with a strong performance as Louise’s love Niko, who is seen in flashback memory.

What’s delivered turns out to be a touching story with an intriguing mix of people drowning in their secrets. Crawl, Fade to White is enjoyable to watch. Make a visit to the Theater of NOTE and check this play out. - Adrian Rennie  

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Produced by Theatre of NOTE currently in its 25th year, Crawl, Fade to White performs at the Theatre of Note, located at 1517 North Cahuenga Blvd (just north of Sunset) in Hollywood, CA. Running through November 5, 2005, performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8pm. Tickets are $15.00 on Thursdays and $25.00 for the Friday and Saturday performances.

For more reservations, please call (323) 856-8611.

Parking info : Arclight Cinemas (enter on Ivar, south of Sunset Blvd). $3.00 will get you 24 hours of parking; bring your ticket to the NOTE box office for validation.

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Adrian Rennie, staff writer and editor for Maestro Arts & Reviews, is an actor and Los Angeles area playwright. Having received great reviews for his plays, The Seven Lessons of Life and Only a Phone Call Away, he continues to write and act in Los Angeles Theater, Television and Film. 

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