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By Karen Salkin

"Much Adoobie Brothers About Nothing"
"Rwanda"
 



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Much Adoobie Brothers About Nothing

Much Adoobie About Nothing
Joseph Leo Bwarie, Eric Anderson and Daren Herbert star in the Troubadour Theatre
Company production of MUCH ADOOBIE BROTHERS ABOUT NOTHING
PHOTO: David Elzer

On a recent Friday night, my friend, Jeff (he actually requested No Last Name), and I went to Santa Monica to see “Much Adoobie Brothers About Nothing.” It was a spoof of Shakespeare, with Doobie Brothers music, which is always great. I think they changed the words, but with the acoustics at the Miles Playhouse, it was hard to make out what they were singing.

The inefficient box office staff put me in a bad mood to start off the evening. I’ve since heard similar stories from others.

So, this is one time that I’m bowing to the reaction of the audience, instead of mine. I barely laughed the whole time, but everyone else was constantly in stitches. (Coincidentally, it turned out that I knew half the audience, so I’m going with majority rule.) I think I’m just not a fan of silly.

But I adored the music and the voices of three actors in particular. I’ve seen Eric Anderson in two other shows this year and am definitely a fan. (With his long blonde wig and newly-grown moustache, I actually thought he was Bucky Covington from “American Idol!” It took me several minutes to realize where I knew him from.)

The other two, Daren Herbert and Joseph Leo Bwarie, were new to me, but I really enjoyed their singing. And having live musicians on-stage, who can really play, made the whole presentation special.

The musical was presented by a troupe that plays with the audience pre-show, a fact of which I had not been apprised. I hate people randomly touching me, especially strangers, (except of course Nick Lachey), and that seems to be their specialty, clown-style, of course.

When one of them tried to make Jeff clap by putting his hands together for him, he told the guy “Okay, dude, stop with the touching,” or something to that effect. They touched me so many times that I had to tell them to stop unless they were going to break out hundred dollar bills! Being struggling actors, they opted for a hands-off policy with me.

No one else seemed to mind and a good time was had by all. Jeff made a great point after--we didn’t laugh that much, but we were never bored. And he said he was mainly entertained. I guess I was, too, because I plan to catch their Christmas production. Maybe this time, they will have capable box office personnel, so I can enjoy myself from beginning to end.

“Much Adoobie Bothers About Nothing”
running through Sept. 24
Miles Memorial Playhouse 1130 Lincoln Blvd. SM
310-979-7196
www.troubie.com

 

"I HAVE BEFORE ME A REMARKABLE DOCUMENT GIVEN TO ME BY A YOUNG LADY FROM RWANDA"

I Have
"I HAVE BEFORE ME A REMARKABLE DOCUMENT GIVEN TO ME BY A YOUNG
LADY FROM RWANDA," written by Sonja Linden.
PHOTO: Michael Lamont

I was lucky enough to attend another play opening at one of my favorite theaters in Los Angeles, the Colony Theatre in Burbank. I love taking people there for the first time because it is actually a pretty big theater…in the parking lot of a mall! I’m not kidding. You have to see it to believe it. Which I hope you get to do, while this is the show that’s in production there.

It’s called “I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda” (the playwright’s choice of capitals, not mine.) That title had me a tad worried because I expected wall-to-wall pain, momentarily forgetting to not judge a book by its cover.

The show was amazing on every level; humorous, beautifully written, and easily staged with engaging performances by Erica Tazel and Louis Lotorto. Miss Tazel is actually one of the most adorable girls I’ve ever seen. Or, she’s just an excellent actress, who made us believe her to be so.

Either way, the play, was only ninety minutes without intermission, which is always appreciated, and was definitely standing ovation-worthy. So much so that I actually enjoyed the show even more than the party, which is a rarity. And since the audiences who are there all the other nights don’t get a party, that’s a great thing.

“I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda”
running through September 17
Colony Theatre 555 N. Third St.
Burbank 818-558-7000
www.colonytheatre.org


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