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DEFENDERS OF THE PUBLIC WORLD
HEY, HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE FIVE HUNDRED BUCKS A WEEK?
There are four aspiring young novelists that are struggling with a ten week private writing class by a famed author (Leonard), who will whittle you down to nothing. You had be very careful - because Leonard will tear your hopes apart. Yes- he is vicious most of the time. Oh, yeh - the Five Hundred Bucks -- forget about it!
One of the actors said "What I saw last week was like a bowl of S#*T - Leonard said: "If you're going to write, don't write like an idiot." One of the wanna be novelists said out loud -- "Post novelists are falling on hard times!" That sounds like 'Leonard to me'. The young novelists have discovered that 'Leonard' actually stole some material. Interesting - No? Well...he WAS a Prick.
One novelist says - "I'm a depressed Feral Cat." Another wanna be writer breaks out with -- "She's upset. She eats Ice Cream and Lays Chips - I'm not a Lesbian!" I hope the Ice Cream knows that. There is another novelist that says: "He talks like an Idiot" -- and he really does.
Another in the group shouts out: "You're something Martin - you have a screw loose!" I'd say more than one is loose. Of course -- one genius says: "Post Modernism is really falling on hard times." What we have here are some Dragons. They don't need real life action heroes - they live right next door. Somehow they all think that they have Super Powers with no capes, bravery and precision. I wouldn't doubt that one guy is wearing spandex. But don't get all excited. It's only a play - and a damned good one. Talk about speed of sound -- it's continual. Everyone is angry. But, Oh what fun. It's like racing to the next blow out.
A Nurse is waiting? Ooops - wrong, it was not a Nurse it was a writer having sex. It's all passion for different life styles. And there is plenty of that.
NO ONE THAT LIVES AND BREATHS WOULD WANT TO MISS THIS STORY. IT'S TRULY INTENSE AND FLAT-OUT HILARIOUS. UTTERLY SPELLBINDING BROADWAY STYLE!
RATING: SIX STARS! ****** or IF YOU PREFER -
SIX GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE!!!!!
I know one thing...THE GREAT ACTORS KEEP US ON THE STAGE: HERE THEY ARE - Charles Shaw Robinson (Leonard*), Lauren English (as Kate*), Natalie Mitchell (as Izzy*), Patrick Russell (as Douglas*) and James Wagner (as Martin*)
CREATIVE TEAM: Theodore J.H. Hulsker (Sound Design), Maggie Koch (Stage Manager*), Mark Hueske (Lighting Design*), Bill English (Set Design), Casting Lauren English (SF), Judy Bowman, CSA (NY), Abra Berman (Costume Design), Abra Berman and Props Artisan - Jacquelyn Scott
by Theresa Rebeck