Friday, October 20, 2017


 Now and then an unabashed rave is fun to write.  For LA locals and near by or those who love to travel to be amazed and laugh..  The Actors' Co-op has mounted a gem.  We are not talking a 'diamond in the rough' this one is perfectly cut and laser sharp and more fun that you can do something fun with.

Townsend Coleman "Mr. Memory" and many others
An old Voice Over pal, Townsend Coleman, along with a cast of thousands: Carly Lopez, Lauren Thompson and Kevin Shewey bring Patrick Barlow's adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps to life with quick changes of characters and costumes and carryings on that defy gravity.. maybe once?

What Theatre is supposed to do.. well, what Art is supposed to do, I think.. is to take us to new places where we abandon whatever our current issues might be,  to just be somewhere else.. Richard Hannay (Shewey) is out of his flat. Suddenly, at the Palladium, being entertained by Mr. Memory (Coleman) things take a turn for the dramatic. Enter Lauren Thompson as a raven haired femme fatale and we are off to the races.  Racy races and silly stuff! Director Kevin Chesley has whipped his cast into a virtual frenzy that leaves the audience in tears!  Or breathless .. or both.

As Clown, Ms Lopez .. Coleman is listed as Clown, also.. because the two of them, along with Ms Thompson take on a myriad of characters .. too many to list and immediately the fun begins.  

How author  Barlow imagined Hitchcock's noir classic as a stage romp is explained in the program.  Go to the Actors' Co-op, read the program and enjoy the show.  

Kudos to cast and crew for blasting the headlines and current hew and cry that rocks our world with little interest in decency and for a couple of hours marvel at the Theatre at its best.  Keep in mind that the old addage (I can't remember where this addage came from.. so.. ) that when watching a British detective show on PBS, no matter how much you turn up the volume, you may not be able to understand the dialogue.  If fact that may be true in this production, but it really doesn't matter!  Not at all!!

No holds barred.  Great fun.  Don't miss it! 

Actors Co-op
1760 N Gower St.
 Hollywood, CA 90028 
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm 
Sundays at 2:30 pm ... 
Closes Sunday Oct. 29, 2017 
Tickets and information 
323 462 8460
Closes October 29, 2017

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