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by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
Once upon a time, in the deep dark woods…
Actress Jenny O’Hara takes on the darker and realer side of a fairytale witch in the one woman presentation of, Broomstick, a West Coast premiere now playing at the Fountain Theatre.
Hands-down the best “timing” actress I quite possibly have ever experienced on a stage, Ms. O’Hara, in a thick Appalachian drawl, utterly embraces the poetic line, of John Biguenet’s wicked old woman. At one turn empathetic in another cunning, she is utterly masterful — owning the language, and wielding the power of persuasion, spells and curses, spinning a voracious, intimate tale of life as an “unusual”. She claims dominion over bugs and weather. She is mischievous, sharp-tongued, even a bit malificent. She may even eat children. One can never tell in the dim shadows of a messy cottage where cooking is art and sweet. She is wise, kind and fair, but anger her, treat her unjustly and she can be vengeance itself.
It’s a deceptively tricky role navigating this multidimensional character so much more often presented as simply good or evil. Ms. O’Hara has no trouble at all pulling out the juiciest moments for the audience to bite down on, just as ravenously as we might eat her suckling pig. So large, so comically, so real does she play this character, that I cannot think of anyone who could pull it off quite as well or at all.
Set in Appalachia and written entirely in rhymed iambic pentameter, Biguenet’s truly mesmerizing solo play introduces us to a wacky bizarre old woman living in a little shack deep in the woods…who may happen to be a witch. When a visitor, and one time runaway now grown, stops in unexpectedly, storytelling and truth meld together into a half-real, half-fantasy confession.
It’s exotic, funny, harsh, bitter and profound as the Witch reveals her childhood innocence, sexual awakening, and all of the poignant moments that have conjured to create her as she is in the present moment.
“In some ways, she’s positioned to be the freest of all human beings,” says playwright and New Orleans professor John Biguenet, who started writing this piece in 2009. “She’s seen everything, done everything. She doesn’t need a man. She has the potential to live with the complete knowledge of what it is to be a human being.”
This show far surpasses folk and fairytale, from sets, sound, lights, direction and spoken word. Ms. O’Hara is bewitching “perfection” in this exquisite performance!
Not to be missed under any condition!
NOW PLAYING UNTIL NOVEMBER 30
The Fountain Theatre
5060 Fountain Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90029
(Fountain at Normandie)
Written by John Biguenet
Directed by Stephen Sachs
Starring Jenny O’Hara
Produced by Deborah Lawlor and Simon Levy
Presented by The Fountain Theatre
Thursdays at 8 p.m.: 30; Nov. 6, 13, 20 (dark Nov. 27)
Friday at 6 p.m.: Oct. 31 ONLY (“Trick or Treat” at the Fountain with an early curtain on Halloween. Come in costume!)
Fridays at 8 p.m.: Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28 (no 8 p.m. performance on Oct. 31)
Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Sundays at 2 p.m.; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
TICKET AND INFORMATION:
(323) 663-1525 or www.FountainTheatre.com
Advance purchase, reserved seating: $20
Premium seating: $34 (VIP seating first 3 rows, center section – includes free parking in lot)
Students with ID: $15
RUSH tickets: $15 (at the door, subject to availability)
Secure, on-site parking: $5
If you haven’t seen this yet, graffiti artist, Dmote, marked up the truck of Andaz Wall Street’s, Principle Farmer, David Zaback. Dmote transformed what was once a plain white truck to an eye catching work of art that brings the freshest produce to Andaz Wall Street!
Watch the video!
The Andaz Wall Street Farmers Market will be open every Thursday from 12pm to 7pm until November 20th. The hotel’s plaza, located near Wall & Water streets, comes alive as hotel guests – as well as the general public – shop for produce and can gain expertise from Farmer Dave.
Silverlake Conservatory of Music announced today that its founder, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea and bandmate/front-man Anthony Kiedis will host a benefit for the Los Angeles based music school this Saturday, November 1st in Beverly Hills, CA.
Now it its 13th year, Silverlake Conservatory of Music has approximately 700 students enrolled, 200 of whom attend for free. The Conservatory continues to grow and is now standing on the verge of moving into a larger building that will allow the organization to double its enrollment, add an in-house performance space, and provide numerous improvements that will help the school flourish for years to come. All funds raised from this year’s benefit will help to make the new facility a reality.
“This is our time, this is our children’s time,” said Founder Flea. “Come celebrate with us and help build great music education for all children in Los Angeles. The Silverlake Conservatory of Music is for all of us.”
The benefit will include a silent auction where attendees can bid on an extensive collection of works from renowned artists including: Damien Hirst, Raymond Pettibon, Cecily Brown, Ed Ruscha, Gus Van Sant, Richard Prince, Inez + Vinoodh, Thomas Houseago, Swoon, D*Face, Charming Baker, Dana Louise Kirkpatrick, Bernie Taupin, Tim Armstrong, Kim Gordon, Aida Ruilova, Stanley Donwood, Shepard Fairey, Wes Lang, REVOK, and boutique items from Gucci, Marc Jacobs, The Elder Statesman, Shinola, and more.
Additionally, the evening will feature live musical performances by Bruno Mars and Rufus Wainwright.
Sponsors for the evening include: Café Stella, Gagosian Gallery, KM Fine Arts, QPrime, and Evolution Capital.
For donations, ticket info, and further information please contact Jennifer Rey at 323-665-3363 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT SILVERLAKE CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
The mission of Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, is to facilitate basic music education. Our primary focus is on the youth of the community but all are welcome and encouraged to participate. The Conservatory offers private music lessons at a reasonable cost and grants scholarships to children in need, providing free lessons and instruments. The study of music enriches not only the life of the student but the community and society as well.
“Wake Up Clean” is a relatively self-explanatory song. I’ve often felt haunted by a lot of things in my life; whether they are romantic partners, personal fears, long-lost friends or troubling thoughts of any kind, I often have a hard time letting go. This song tells the story of that idea through a desire for romantic detachment. A lot of it has to do with understanding the nature of who/whatever I’m trying to detach myself from. A lot of times, it’s difficult to move on from a situation until you truly understand the nature of why you were attached to it in the first place.”
Watch the purely awesome acoustic version on video here:
“Will and the Won’ts combine a bit of baby-boomer era rock ‘n roll, folk and country with the deep roots of Americana. That isn’t to say it sounds dated, anything but. Their version has a modern edge which mainly comes through in the way they arrange their songs” (Write.Click.Cook.Listen). The three members managed to find each other amongst the traffic, beaches, mountains, and bustling music scene of Los Angeles and combine a mutual love of influences ranging from The Avett Brothers, Jack White to Creedence Clearwater Revival. All students at the Musicians Institute, Will Risbourg (vocals/guitar), Andrew Bilotti (drums/vocals), and Gui Bodi (bass/vocals) found camaraderie beyond the classroom in 2010 and settled as a three-piece in January 2014, shortly thereafter, recording their first single “Wake Up Clean.”
The vinyl single w/CD included will be available for online ordering via the band’s bandcamp site on November 1st for $5 + $2 shipping. It is also available at all of their shows for $5.
by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
“I guess he just wasn’t fresh enough.”
This show should come with a warning label or at the very least its own wives tale…like something your mother would say to you…”You should never hang out with a mad scientist. Hanging out with a mad scientist will make you mad! Mad I say! Absolutely mad!!!! Now go to your room!”
What an incredible surprise. I’m not saying I didn’t go into this with reservations. I’m not a horror buff or die-hard fan. And Re-Animator has done nothing to change my mind. I say this with pure delight. Here’s why:
Audience participation seems to be THE theme for the several freak shows I’ve seen so far this year. Local supermarkets must be making a fortune in trash bag sales. Passing around entrails, squirts of blood, spitting at the first 5 rows, singling out theater goers for hemoglobin shock…up until now, there have been no clear winners in the contest for mash-up plasma moments. Most have been rather meek, humble and discretionary. Re-Animator The Musical, however, has taken gore to a level of excellence bar none literally hurling barely unidentifiable liquids into the audience throughout the performance. I started to wonder if I had suddenly stepped into an alternate “Wet & Wild” universe. It was total chaotic insanity … in operetta … with a love story!
So..why …oh why…do guys never listen? The eternal question that women seem to ask themselves especially when attempting to bail out the man they love from an obviously bad situation?
Herbert West, a brilliant young medical student, played [awesomely!] by a creepy and borderline nerdy Graham Skipper has created a glowing green serum that can bring the dead back to life. What should be a medical breakthrough results in hideous monstrosities and ghastly consequences. It’s also terribly funny and just the thing for a messy Halloween, fright night, comical, cult experience.
Graham Skipper, who won a Best New Performer Award at the New York Musical Theater Festival, returns as the demented young genius. Operatic Jesse Merlin, is back as Dr. Carl Hill who loses his head for Meg, the dean’s beautiful daughter, only to actually lose it at the hands of Herbert West. But thanks to the glowing re-agent, Dr. Hill is still able to take his curtain call with his head tucked underneath his arm.
Also returning from the original cast are Cynthia Carle, Brian Gillespie, Marlon Grace, and Liesel Hanson playing an assortment of doctors, nurses and rampaging zombies. And Ken Hudson Campbell, familiar to many for saving the world with Bruce Willis in “Armageddon,” plays the doomed Dean of the medical school whom West also transforms into a mindless zombie.
But it’s Darren Ritchie (veteran of five Broadway shows, including “Dracula” and “Little Shop of Horrors”) as Dan Cain, the handsome young medical student (and West’s hapless roommate) in love with the dean’s daughter, now played by the Jessica Howell, who bring the Ken and Barbie thriller-style love-story portion, going head to [severed] head with Jesse Merlin, to its re-mounted, maddening climax (ahem)…full throttle.
The effects were flawless, so was the timing throughout this entire production by the whole cast. The music is hilarious, spunky and bourgeois silly. You’ll love the creepy sets, the moldering costumes and the cadaverous lighting. Everything about this show is a gushing, audience pleasing hit! You’ll be sorry to miss this mayhem if you do!
“Re-Animator™ the Musical” was developed and premiered at the Steve Allen Theater under the artistic direction of Amit Itelman who also founded Trepany House.
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Book by Dennis Paoli, Stuart Gordon and William J. Norris. Music and lyrics by Mark Nutter. Adapted from the story by H.P. Lovecraft. Based on the film “H.P. Lovecraft’s Re-Animator” produced by Brian Yuzna. Musical director: Peter Adams. Choreography by Cynthia Carle. Directed by Stuart Gordon. Produced by Dean Schramm and Stuart Gordon. Presented by The Schramm Group LLC and Red Hen Productions in association with Trepany House under the Artistic Direction of Amit Itelman.