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“Rarely on stage does a choreographer get to the heart of the matter like Alessandra Belloni. “
TARANTELLA: SPIDER DANCE
by Tracey Paleo, Gia On the Move
The world premiere of Happy Face Sad Face, currently playing at The Elephant Lillian Theatre, is a brilliant idea very much in search of balance.
Is Life a comedy or a drama? Happy Face Sad Face via a simple concept in two acts proposes that it is both at the same time, by presenting the identical story told from polar opposite perspectives.
It is a rainy night…two distressed couples appear in turn, in their separate quarters: Jason (Tom Christiensen) and Emily Parks (Krizia Bajos) in one room, and Jason’s parents, Tom (Thomas F. Evans) and Sonya Parks (Perry Smith) in another. Emily wants a baby. Jason claims there isn’t enough money. He’s been giving her this excuse for years and she’s fed up. Tom and Sonya are losing their house. How do they confess this to their seemingly successful son, and ask for money to pay the mortgage? The house is in turmoil when suddenly there is a knock at the door. Jason’s insurance client Malcolm Summerall (Rob Locke) has come to ask for Jason’s help in killing himself so that his daughter Clementine (Sarah Agor) can benefit from his policy. Emily Parks calls the cops and the more than seedy Officer Burns (Eddie Alfano) responds on the scene and Cleme barges in to stop her dad. All hell is about to break loose however, when Mr. Summerall sweetens the deal by offering a substantial reward to the person or couple who comes up with the most air tight way to do it. What ensues is a revalatory game of Clue with an ending that certainly satisfies.
“Mr. Locke is deliciously and successfully perverse…”
Act II, the Happy Face, on the other hand, is a completely farcical and humorous alternative tale. It is a “scream” with plenty of salaciousness and more than its fair share of guff. Only problem is, it ends up having nothing to do whatsoever with Act I.
What starts out as a comedic interchange, off-the-wall dramedy, bumped up by an inventive use of poetic line vignettes and over the top characters completely retrofit in diametrically opposed personalities, all but Ms. Bajos it seems who merely has turned up the volume as the hateful Spanish speaking unwanted wife, rolls out into a theatrical fiasco. By the end of it all, we are definitely laughing but not really sure what story this is.
Although this play gets airborne it never truly blasts off. At times it is inventive and at others, it’s pretty formula stuff. There is so much wonderful writing and it should be electrifying. Somehow, though, in Act I, emotionally nothing really, deeply, registers except through our driving lead actor Rob Locke (Summerall) who is deliciously and successfully perverse in his scheme. Mr. Locke’s Act I performance is exquisitely pulled back revealing nothing of the outcome until the bitter end. Perry Smith also outdoes herself in Act II with an outrageous execution of the now, fun loving, sadomasochistic, Mrs. Parks managing to not get lost in the “everything but the comedic kitchen soup” of the second act.
The radiant achievements in this show, bar none, are the set, lighting, and wonderfully realistic sound effects of portentous rain and thunder, at the top of the first act.
Highly creative set design, and excellent use of space are accomplished through scrims that, with intense lighting effects, reveal the various rooms around the house creating a solid first and second floor home design that gives the plausibility of room, distance and realism. Real life actually takes place here.
Overall, Happy Face Sad Face, is an audience pleaser due, in no small part, to the dedicated performances of the cast. But it does not completely fulfill its task of drawing the “half-empty/half-full” point.
HAPPY FACE SAD FACE
NOW PLAYING: January 19 – February 24
Written by R.J. Colleary * Directed by Kathleen Rubin
Produced by Russell Boast
Technical Director & Lighting Designer: Matt Richter
Set Designer: Keiko Moreno
Thomas F. Evans
Sarah Danielle Agor
THE ELEPHANT LILLIAN THEATRE
6322 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA. 90038
Sat, Jan 19 – Sun, Feb 24
Friday & Saturday 8:00PM
Sunday 3:00PM and 7:00PM
NOTE: Super Bowl Sunday – 12:00PM – Feb. 3
For Reservations call (323) 960-7770
General Admission: $20.00
Reserve ONLINE at: http://www.plays411.com/happyfacesadface
Full price tickets available at: http://happyfacesadface.bpt.me
Production Photography by Randolph Adams
by Tracey Paleo Gia On the Move
Old school comedy meets modern methodology.
What intermittently sounds like Andrew Dice Clay, Rodney Dangerfield and George Carlin all wrapped up into one comedian, Tom Rubin Success Guru, premiering at the Santa Monica Playhouse, prevails as the anti-self help sage.
“A satirical roast of hysterical proportions.”
Occasionally flat on the open road of comedic tumble weeds (all jokes cannot be good-maybe) passing through ridicule, mockery, racist references, slightly off the mark caricatures, and moments of “I guess you had to be there”, Tom Rubin nevertheless, hits the ground running with an immediate up-sell of his infamous Bullshit Jiu-jitsu, a coaching course that aims at lowering your expectations at your chances of actually becoming a millionaire.
“This guy went to Harvard!” (“Congratulations! It’s all downhill from here.”)
But if you got the references about how New Jersey friendships are handled compared to Los Angeles and weren’t too offended by the butts at LA drug induced depressions versus East Coast Baskin Robbins solutions; if you could withstand the respective men’s and women’s sex advice and why you (guys) won’t get the girl or why you (girls) should just have more sex; if you could bear having your disillusionment of self-empowerment utterly exposed – then it was a satirical roast of hysterical proportions. I totally laughed to the point of crying and choking. And believe me, so will you. We’ve all been there, done that or at least known a few people who still do.
I guess I’m not making sense, editing in the middle as I am. But then neither does the idea that when it comes to success, Failure IS An Option.
Inspired by personal experience as a Harvard grad and spending years in entertainment law, the show is designed by Tom Rubin as an audience participation seminar (complete with name tag) who rips apart self-help concepts such as visualization & empowerment (ineffective), bucket lists (why would you do anything that dangerous?), unlocking your full potential (completely counterproductive) and positive thinking (if it really worked you wouldn’t need this seminar!), slashing all pop-psych principles as aggressively as he slashes the price of his course throughout the evening.
“You’d be happier being a masochist.”
It is a unique format that keeps the audience engaged and on their feet with impressive, head-spinning logic. Twisted, utterly funny and totally worth the ticket!
Written by and starring, Tom Rubin. Directed by Rocco Urbisci.
Tom Rubin Success Guru
Now playing every Friday night from January 18-February 22nd @ 8PM
THE SANTA MONICA PLAYHOUSE
1211 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA. 90401
General Reservations: 323.960.4420
Tickets: $25.00 General Admission