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Theatre Review >> "The Boneyard and The Dead Pussy"

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"The Boneyard and The Dead Pussy"
A Comedy and A Drama of Cats, Graveyards and Extreme Passions!

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The Sherry Theatre in North Hollywood is one place you can see two unique one-act plays written by playwright Tim McNeil. The evening opens with the dark comedy “Dead Pussy” and then closes with the intensely dramatic “The Boneyard.”

“Dead Pussy” is an amazingly unique story of a pet owner who is dealing with her dying cat and its spirit's ascension into the afterlife. The fun twist in this play is that the cat’s spirit comes to life to haunt, taunt and in some cases terrorize its owner.

Lisa Jai (who is also the producer of the two plays) portrays the cat owner with gusto and passion. Her mental anguish and eventual breakdown brings out her sharp comic timing and very clear delivery of drunkenness. Lisa was passionate and emotional in all the right places.

Meghan Cox does an amazing interpretation of what a cat might think and say about its day-to-day life. Meghan takes her physical dexterity and injects emotional prowess to a very sharp, mean and often very funny performance. Her moves and timing emulate and contribute to Lisa’s eventual mental and physical destruction.

Collin Redmond does angry well. His frustration and anguish can be seen clearly as he tries to comfort his girlfriend through her grief.

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“The Boneyard” is a dark and gruesome themed experience whereby a homeless couple invade a graveyard and exhume a grave in order to retrieve valuables. The chosen grave is the father of the homeless man. It is dramatic and intense to see.

Augusto Aguilera did an amazing job expressing what a homeless man would feel with unresolved issues towards his dead father. His passion and confusion were warmly felt and allowed the audience to relate to his situation. My only issue was with the fact he needed some form of specialty spotlighting to see his eyes better because I could barely see his tears of passion.

Danielle Scheid played Augusto's partner whose performance was one of support of and opposition to his gruesome quest for exhuming his father. Danielle was quick and sharp to Augusto’s focused and deeply passionate performance.

Director Brad Kaz did an enticing job in making you focus on both plays. He made make-believe characters come to life and made death dark yet funny. The staging and action were extremely sharp for “Dead Pussy” and dark and eerie for “The Boneyard.” This was an entertaining, funny and intense evening of theatre. The plays are not for kids due to subject matter and language but fresh in originality and style for adults. Check them out http://nohoartsdistrict.com/index.php/theatre-guide/theatres-in-north-hollywood/the-sherry-theatre/the-boneyard-and-the-dead-pussy

Pic 1 Dead Pussy- Meghan Cox -INSET- Lisa Jai & Collin Redmond
Pic 2 Danielle Scheid & Augusto Aguilera

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Lorenzo Marchessi

Based in Southern California, not far from Downtown Hollywood - Lorenzo Marchessi. has always enjoyed movies, music and theatre first hand. Currently living in the San Fernando Valley Area called the ‘No Ho Arts District properly’ (Originally from Chicago!) – More than fond of Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Dramas, Animation, Independent Films and of course Comedies. I like the short film and the long film (as long as their good!) I saw my first film at the age of six - HELLO DOLLY and I saw LOGAN'S RUN ten times in the theatre! Having actually worked in the production of Film, TV, Radio and live Theatre I can always understand the work that goes into creating ANY Movie, Television Show, Theatre Production, DVD, CD's and even Live Concerts. I love to write and been doing it for decades - literally! I always appreciate any feedback or comments! P.S. My all-time favorite film is ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE along with THE LITTLE MERMAID and THE DESCENDANTS, my favorite TV series of all-time is STAR TREK as well as FRINGE and THE BIG BANG THEORY, my favorite performing artist of all-time is BARRY MANILOW, my favorite actor of all time MR. JACK LEMON and my favorite theatrical productions to date is WICKED and THE PRODUCERS. Contact: Lorenzo M. at Lorenzo@LandMProductions.com !

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