CA - Brenda is a fresh face on the Hollywood scene and is working on her first
movie, thanks to her new age chanting and her 'connections' within Hollywood's inner circle. Colette, the lead actress in this movie is at the
crossroads of her career, the success of this movie dictates whether her
future roles are romantic lead or romantic lead's best friend. Bradley is a
weathered producer, using every trick, scheme and deception to keep this
movie on budget. Victor wrote the movie, it's his first and he's looking
forward to a bright future of being the next Hollywood go-to writer. But
then things don't always go as planned.
Written by the Academy Award winning writer, John Patrick Shanley
(Moonstruck), Four Dogs and A Bone is laced with Shanley's trademark wit
and pokes a raw finger at the movie industry. His finely tuned characters
typify those working inside of a vicious Hollywood machine which will either
crush its young or leave them as the last one standing.
Natasha Gaty plays the wide-eyed Brenda with an ideal amount of naive
optimism, it is great fun to watch her talons spring forth when she is
provoked. A great deal of satisfaction also comes from Ilyse Mimoun's
bitter Colette, like watching the evil popular girl from high school trying
to gracefully extricate herself from the bottom of a mud puddle. The
smooth-talk stylings of the ruthless Bradley, portrayed by Rob Shapiro,
would receive honors from the Robert Evans school of producing. David
Heckel's Victor had the greatest arc of the evening going from tinsel town
newbie to Hollywood's Top 100 Most Powerful list in not time flat. Directed
by Lauren Patrice Nadler, Four Dogs And A Bone is a must see for anyone who
has ever wanted to work in Hollywood's guts and glamour industry. Now
playing Tuesdays and Wednesdays through June 30 at the Elephant Asylum.
- Ruston Harker Printable
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Things Some People Do For Love
ANGELES, CA - For an evening of sheer laughter and an occasional
poignant moment, be sure not to miss Odyssey Theatre Ensemble's
hysterically funny Things We Do For Love.
Written by British playwright Alan Ayckbourn, the cast did a
fabulous job bringing a touch of English life to this delightful
comedy about love and the pain that often accompanies it.
play is directed by Barry Philips who very cleverly split the
action between three flats on three different levels. Much
of the humor derives from the imagination of what is taking
out of sight. Whether seeing the feet of the bed shaking from
a wild romp or the shock on the actors' faces when viewing a
20 foot fresco of a naked woman, the audience is completely
drawn into the moment.
the humorous, yet emotionally complex character of Barbara
(Barbs) is Stephanie Nash. Her performance is
outstanding and worthy of very high praise. Equally
engaging is her childhood friend Nikki, played by Caitlyn
Shannon, who seems to break out into the old "school
song" whenever she is in Barb's presence. Greg
Mullavey brings to life the charming handyman: Barb's secret
admirer named Gilbert. While certainly the kindest
and most helpful person in the cast, he has an slight
weakness for the bottle and wearing women's clothing.
The handsome James Tupper, portraying Nikki's fiancé Hamish,
seems to be able to win the heart of any woman he comes into
to contact with. This play is a true modern English
farce and is worth seeing. - A. Thomas Printable