Presented by Extra Dry Martini Productions and Boston Bed Productions, War Stories begs the audience to ask, not what is war, but what is love? Set in Los Angeles the characters are what you would expect—a writer, two actors, and a therapist. The use of monologues from the beginning, however, draws the audience into the world of each of these four characters and quickly makes you start to ponder who belongs with whom and who will end up with whom.
Directed by Stacy Ann Raposa and written by Sarah Kelly, who also plays therapist Jen, this story weaves a fabric of four people whose lives intertwine and then proceeds to untangle and unweave their relationships while giving a beautiful tribute not to war but to love. While beginning with monologues, the story progresses into multiple two-scene pieces that all interconnect like a beautiful, intricate puzzle imprinted with a work of art.
Roxanne Jaeckel plays Chelsea, the blonde beautiful actress of the story pursued by two men who want and may love her. These two men, talented working writer Sam, played by Samuel Martin Lewis, and passionate James Dean shoe-obsessed actor Jake, played by Alexander Carroll, both give Chelsea things she needs, but is it love?
Caught up in it all is Sarah Kelly as Jen the therapist who has love problems of her own. Her attempts to be rational and logical clash with her client and with her own heart. All four actors take you on a journey with a rather lovely end. They leave you with a sense that love, even in the realm of make-believe, can remove masks that we all wear to find true connections, and that self-love is just as powerful as the love between two people.
War Stories, by Sarah Kelly
Actors Workout Studio
4735 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91602
EXTENDED until March 5, 2017.
Friday and Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 12, 2 and 7 p.m.
Sunday, February 17, 7 p.m.
Sunday, February 26, 2 p.m.
Running time: Approximately one hour and thirty minutes, with one ten minute intermission.
Range from $20.00
Purchase Tickets here.