NOTE: These are short reviews of shows that will still be available to watch, either in person or virtually, over the weekend.
Japanese Love Story – Shizuka -静御前
Writer/director Tomoko Karina transforms the small stage at the Broadwater Theater into 12th-century Japan to tell this engaging story of love, set against the backdrop of war. Jonathan Huynh-Mast and Tomoko Karina star as the love interests, supported by a diverse cast, including Yukari Black, Amery Thao, Alexander Collins Justin Tuthill, Jerome St. Jerome, Tony Kim and Jon Vasquez.
The performances are all fine, particularly the star-crossed lovers.
Relying on simple staging but emphasizing the gorgeous costuming, music and sound effects, Japanese Love Story — Shizuka relates the true tale of Shizuka, one of the most popular entertainers in Kyoto, who meets and falls in love with the war hero, Yoshitsune of Minamoto, with tragic consequences.
This is a unique opportunity to see a piece performed in tradiztional style, but with English dialogue. It plays Friday, Aug. 27 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 29 at 3:00 p.m. at the Broadwater Theater (Second Stage), 6320 Santa Monica Blvd. Both performances are in-person only. Tickets can be obtained here.
Deathless and Taxless: A Corporate Exorcism
Benjamin Ross Nicholson’s interactive show is an amusing send-up of the evils of corporate America. In the first half, we are given an exhaustive PowerPoint presentation laying out the proof of how sinister corporations are, represented by the mysterious “Man in Business Suit Levitating.” The goal is to kill off the ridiculous notion that “corporations are people” once and for all.
In the second half, the audience is taken into a Zoom chatroom where we are confronted by the demon — and an exorcism is performed. Viewers are invited to ask the beast questions, but be careful! His goal is to take you down the path of death by corporation.
This production is streamed, and tickets are available here. The final performance is Saturday, Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Cricklewood Theatre Company’s immersive experience transports us back to our childhood, when sleepover parties were exciting events for middle-school kids. Writer and director Janson Lalich is the nerdy Mikey, who is determined to make this the “best sleepover ever!”, while older sister Louise Susan Louise O’Connor) has been forced to babysit the party — and she’s way too cool for this business.
This is a seriously ‘90s show. Over the course of the evening, we surf AOL (bing bing bing), burn CDs and read “Goosebumps.”
The audience is an active participant throughout And if you filled out the questionnaire that was emailed to you beforehand, your personal details become part of the show. Hilarious!
Remaining performances are Friday, Aug. 27 And Saturday, Aug. 28 at 8:00 p.m. Both performances are online only, and tickets are available here.
Lockdown Love Story
This comedy, created by Alice Fforde and Charlie Dryden, shows us where we are thanks to this rotten Pandemic. This multi-part series takes us through the “new normal” of online dating.
The emphasis here is on awkward. When you’re on an online date, you may reveal a little too much of yourself. Pick-up lines fall flat, as do would-be strip shows. And belching
The online presentation is the perfect vehicle for all this embarrassment. Even if you’ve found your perfect mate, what do you do then? Go for a cuppa? Find out here.