HOLLYWOOD, CA -
is an enjoyable night of theater. Written by award winning playwright
and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John deGroot, Papa is a
one man show based collection of interviews and by those who knew him
Adrian Sparks hits the mark
in his portrayal of Ernest Hemingway. Sharing life stories and
anecdotes while making alcoholic drinks that were strategically hidden
throughout the set, Mr. Sparks seamlessly becomes Hemingway with ease.
Inserting the right amount of humor and intellect enables the audience
to care about a man who fought in world wars, conversed with well
known individuals such as Gary Cooper and F.Scott Fitzgerald, and who
wrote The Old Man and the Sea and For Whom the Bells Toll.
Being awarded and dealing
with the 1954 Nobel Prize in literature, surviving two plane crashes,
and having an unusual high rate of suicides in the family do make
compelling stories. Balancing it out are his touching experiences with
first love, his son, and his innate ability to see a lesson learned
from all the balls thrown at him.
Directed Martha Demson, Papa
is not over done nor is it under played. What is presented is a rare
glimpse of an writing icon who at the end of the day was as ordinary,
as brave, and as afraid as the respected elder we have all met
sometime in our lives. A respected elder who was flawed, but still
intelligent and ever so captivating to hear him or her speak.
Go see Papa!
Highly Recommended! –
Produced by the Open Fist
Theatre Company, Papa performs at the Open Fist, located at
1625 North La Brea in Hollywood, CA. Running through March 26th, 2005,
performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8pm. Admission is $
15.00. Thursday prices are ‘PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN’.
For more reservations and
info, please call 323-882-6912. Printable
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