MUTT HOUSE (Culver City)
In this delightful musical there’s an awkward young man, (Ryan McCartan), who talks to animals, and a bevy of his furry friends who talk back. All reside in a rundown animal shelter that the cruel lady-Mayor, (Heather Olt), wants to close down. This means euthanasia for the dogs, none of whom deserve to die. When a Best-of-Show French Poodle, (Valerie Larsen), arrives, she is the most elegantly popular Sniff of the Week!
It’s a charming show, with joyous canine songs and superb dance numbers by Janet Roston. Creator Tony Cookson’s message is clear: If you love animals help support No Kill groups. Otherwise, adopt one yourself and discover the love that always gives back.
So, bring the grandkids – they’ll love it too. And don’t worry, there’s a happy ending with catchy song “All You Need is One!” At Kirk Douglas Theatre.
In LA: Theatre West has an in-house writing group - I just saw their impressive one-act festival;
Blank Theatre’s long-running Living Room Series is committed to work by diverse voices;
Rogue Artists Ensemble are starting a writers lab to do a festival of new work.
In NoHo: Road Theatre Company’s Summer Playwrights Festival has 50/50 male and female playwrights;
Actors Workout writers group creates short plays on one theme;
& Group Rep presents plays from in-house writers.
Sherman Oaks: Loft Ensemble gives new playwrights a production platform to explore and develop work;
Whitefire has a theater development lab.
Burbank: Garry Marshall Theatre has a new works festival.
Topanga: Theatricum Botanicum's 'Seedlings' is a hotbed of development.
To Be Continued...
These comments are also in the August issue of NOT BORN YESTERDAY.