The Eclectic Company Theatre
Excerpts fromLA Theater Review By Travis Michael Holder | Posted Sept. 2, 2012, 4:31 p.m.:
“In a pre-show announcement, the audience is warned that there will be violence and nudity and told that if we like what we see, we should tell our friends. If we don’t like it, we are asked to still tell our friends that there is violence and nudity.
There is violence and nudity.
The play is set up as a roundelay of intertwined lovers, a familiar device that has been utilized better and with far more ingenuity elsewhere. Maggie (Lili Stephens-Henry) starts things off by talking directly to the audience. Soon after, while being graphically raped, she props her head on her hand to again break the fourth wall and bemoan her lack of judgment in putting herself in that situation, a sentiment with which the entire cast should be able to identify.
Suicidal Larry (Blake Anthony) runs into his high school sweetheart Lydia (Laura Lee Bahr), who is in a drastically abusive relationship with her husband, Harlan (Ryan McDonough), that includes wearing restraints and a chastity belt as she whimpers to be fed dog food from a bowl. In the throes of sexual need, Rosie (Beth Ricketson) tries unsuccessfully to seduce her gay friend Brandon (Dustin Brooks) before settling for straddling the sleeping Harlan, who happens to be her brother. His response is to kick the crap out of her. People get naked, blood spews, servings of Pedigree are gratefully devoured, and two people are shot dead, none of which is very shocking or titillating.”
From Stage and Cinema by Jason Rohrer:
“Characters include a reluctant BDSM top (Ryan McDonough) in lust with his fag-hag sister (Beth Ricketson), who’s in love with her gay best friend (Dustin Brooks), who delivers a hallucinogen-inspired kiss to his Army buddy (Daniel Marmion), who really wants to get together with the girl (Michelle Danyn) who doesn’t think of him that way. There’s also a comic rape victim (LiLi Stephens-Henry) who just wants consolation from a suicidal loser (Blake Anthony) obsessed with his first love (Laura Lee Bahr). The show is full of murder, simulated sex, nudity, and drug use.”
Presented by and at the Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village. Aug. 31–Oct. 6. Fri. and Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. (Additional performances Thu., Sept. 20 and Oct. 4, 8 p.m.) (818) 508-3003 or http://www.eclecticcompanytheatre.org.