By Ernest Kearney — Director/writer/set designer Donovan Glover won the 1991 UCLA Best-New-Play-of-the-Year Award for this work and at times Just Like Life certainly feels like the work of a neophyte – absurdist themes are the “training wheels” of choice for all greenhorn bards.
In a whitewashed room with a white fridge, white sink, white porcelain toilet center stage and white everything else; Hey-Zeus (Greg Pittenger) frantically scrubs the white tiled floor with his toothbrush as his doting Quote Mamma (Karissa McKinney) watches.
She tells us, “To live in clean is to live in perpetual orgasms.”
But when the red-tie’d Savior (Maria McCann) surges onto the scene like a Tasmanian devil in hyper-drive things begin to get interesting.
Scatological, but interesting.
Glover proceeds to deconstruct this piece with the demonical delight of a whole detachment of demented “deplorables.”
Pittenger and McKinney are excellent as the hapless “two tramps” of the piece, but McCann is the whip hand here, capering about dispensing a creed of chaos that makes converts of Hey-Zeus and Quote Mamma while annihilating the purity of their compact and self-contained ecosystem; even though in the final analysis changing nothing for them.
Just like life.
For all involved a GOLD MEDAL.
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Just Like Life
Two Fringe 2017 Performances Left
Friday June 23, 2017 — 6:00 pm
Sunday June 25, 2017 — 2:00 pm
Lounge Theatre (Lounge 2)
6201 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
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