Jeff Smith 12:01 p.m., March 29
Bad Night in a Men's Room Off Sunset Boulevard
The situation has promise: Michael, a "top-five around the world" action-actor, was discovered en flagrante with another man. It's 1982, and the "star bust" may have ended his career. For a comeback, he joins his estranged parents for a show in the hinterlands. Author of the intriguing Hundred Birds, also at Compass Theatre, Ira Bateman-Gold has at least two plays in Bad Night in competition with each other: a serious near-tragedy in Act one (performed with an unrelieved din) and a comedy, in Act two, that concludes with a resolution too comfy for most sitcoms. As written and performed by Douglas Myers and Marilyn Wolfe, Michael and his mother are one-note characters. Young Eduard Cao wins sympathy as Jamie, a heartstruck transvestite. The play, which needs to tighten its speeches, has a terrific role: Michael's father Jake is a burned-out, larger-than-life, world-traveling, drunken actor. Dale Morris makes the character so vivid and funny he distorts scenes, consistently pulling focus away from the less well written characters.
When: Ongoing until Sunday, June 28, 2009
- Sundays, 2pm
- Thursdays, 8pm
- Fridays, 8pm
- Saturdays, 8pm