It’s the late '90’s and you’re hanging out in a boy’s basement bedroom, somewhere in suburban America with two teenagers as they stay up on a school night; chugging soda, watching MTV and preparing for the future. As the morning approaches, their seemingly innocent sleepover reveals another purpose.
It’s been quite the decade for playwright and performer, Ben Moroski. Since his 2012 debut of his autobiographical one-man show, “This Vicious Minute”, Moroski has been a notable solo story creator in Los Angeles theater. Adding his new solo play "DOG" at the 2022 Hollywood Fringe Festival, his rising trajectory doesn't seem to be letting up anytime soon.
There was a sixties vibe about the piece that offhandedly almost references Blake Edward’s 1968 comedy film, “The Party”. And the sort of hilarious, nonstop lunacy that the play offers is sometimes - but should much more regularly – be funny.
When Larry Yee goes missing, his daughter Lauren’s frantic search takes her on a fantastical journey to the mysterious world of her family’s roots – all the way back to Model Ancestor, the very first Yee - where she must complete three tests “before Sunset” if she wants to see her father again.
It is a badass, nail-biting event akin to a Celebrity Death Match of iambic pentameter gone wild as Ramón de Ocampo takes the stage in the lead role as the Prince of Denmark. Never - have you seen Antaeus Theatre Company quite like this.
After three years of preparation, The Wallis somehow made the decision to greenlight a befuddling presentation of one of Shakespeare’s most powerful plays and its chief character in the process. The result is detritus.