Theater review: 'Elevator' at the Hudson Guild
In good Sartrean style, hell is other people – but only initially. Bickering soon gives way to bonding, and the resident misanthropes, like Grinches, develop rapidly expanding hearts. Since an elevator full of chartered accountants wouldn’t have quite the same zip, it’s a given that Leoni’s characters are from radically different walks of life, from the neurotic female CEO (Deborah Vancelette) to the wise African American maintenance man (William Stanford Davis), whose antecedents are not as humble as they first appear.
Eventually, the elevator becomes a de facto confessional where secrets are revealed and unlikely bonds are formed. Interstitial scenes -- wordless sequences meant to convey the passage of time -- are sometimes slo-mo, sometimes super-speedy, like a crazily malfunctioning super 8 movie.
“Elevator,” Hudson Guild, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday. $20. (323) 960-7787. www.plays411.com/elevator Running time: 1 hour, 15 minutes.
-- F. Kathleen Foley
Photo: Rachael Page, Deborah Vancelette, Mikie Beatty, Alex Rogers, Williams Stanford Davis, Karlee Rigby and Erica Katzin. Credit: Michelle Kaufer.