Theater review: 'LA Noir Unscripted' at Theatre Asylum
The deadpan troupe, which has created original comic plays nightly in the style of Jane Austen, Tennessee Williams and Shakespeare, now dons fedoras and fishnets for this droll excursion into B-movie territory.
Last Sunday, audience suggestions for a location (Santa Monica) and two objects (a trumpet and cigarette case) sparked the story of a Portuguese drug dealer (Stephen Kearin) pushed off the pier. Eyewitnesses to the attempted murder included a restless Glendale newlywed (Jo McGinley) and her neurasthenic husband (Nick Massouh). Bullets flew as Det. Jamison (Dan O’Connor) trailed the mysterious gangland figure Kuti Lobo (Brian Lohmann), his hunt punctuated by music cues from noir classics.
– Charlotte Stoudt
“LA Noir Unscripted” Theatre Asylum, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays. Ends June 13. $20. Contact: (323) 401-9793 or www.plays411.com/lanoirunscripted. Running time: 90 minutes.
Photo: Michele Spears, from left, Tracy Burns, Edi Patterson and Kari Coleman. Photo credit: Blake Gardener.