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T H E A T E R   R E V I E W  -  Tennessee in Hollywood  -  Elephant Lab Theatre


HOLLYWOOD, CA - Tennessee in Hollywood is a must see for any Tennessee Williams fan. Mainstream audiences know his works in the form of A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, or even The Glass Menagerie to name a few. Being presented at the Elephant Lab Theater are some of his lesser known plays, The Case of the Crushed Petunias and Talk to Me Like the Rain.

The Case of the Crushed Petunias, directed by Che’Re Adams, is the symbolic story of a woman whose world’s forever changed when her beloved flower bed is destroyed by a mysterious man, portrayed by David Moses. Christine Krench is an audience pleaser as Dorothy Simple, as she finds the comedic elements to make this character likeable and sympathetic.

Talk to Me Like the Rain, directed by Dan Oliverio, takes place in a small room where a couple, played by Nicolas Pavlos and Diane Scheider, fall into the wits end in their relationship. This classic script gives Ms. Scheider the perfect role to sing her teeth into as her maddening performance is definitely a highlight of the evening.

Rounding out the evening is the parody entitled Something I Smoked Last Summer. Written by Los Angeles playwright Anna Baum, this comedy plants practically every Tennessee Williams play onto a southern plantation determined not to let any work go untouched. Wendy Worthington can do no wrong playing Big Mommy Winship, and Emily Haase has a ball playing the fragile wheelchair bound Lorelei Winship. This last entry enables the audience member leave the theater on an upbeat note, even to those unfamiliar with the works of the playwright of the night.

Tennessee Williams has had a great impact in the American culture, to say the least, and Tennessee in Hollywood nods its hat in appreciation and respect by providing a enjoyable night of theater. Go see it!

Presented by Antrobus Group, Tennessee in Hollywood performs at the Elephant Lab Theater, located at 1078 N. Lillian Way in Los Angeles, CA. Running through March 6th, 2005, performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8pm, and Sundays at 5pm. General Admission is $20.00. – Adrian Rennie

For more reservations and info, please call 323-282-2485.

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