Tuesday, 05 June 2012 12:01

Theatre Reviews >> PUSH UP

Written by Cathy Wayne
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Studio A Theatre Company Presents


Run, run, run to see PUSH UP at the NoHo Actor’s Studio. This terrific play by Roland Schimmelpfennig (translated by Maja Zade) is all the better when directed by Dariush Kashani and performed by an extremely competent group of actors.

4337.png Performed in several vignettes, and with the actors seated on the stage during the entire performance, we are treated to Schimmelpfennig’s play that shows us how very alike we really are, but how our insecurities and vulnerabilities surface differently. What is our perspective? How do we see things? How do we interpret and react to them? That’s what makes us different! That’s what sets us apart from one another. And that is how we deal with our everyday lives.


Sabine (Vera Hairabedian) has applied for a promotion/transfer. Angelika (April Audia) is her boss and the one to determine if Sabine gets this promotion. But Angelika is convinced her husband (who is head of the Company) is having an affair with Sabine. These two women go at each other with ferocity and rage based only on assumptions.

Robert (David House) is Patrizia’s (Cynthy Wu) boss. They’ve had an affair, but don’t want to admit their attraction to each other. Because of Patrizia’s indifference, Robert confronts her with condemnation of her previously successful ad campaign. But Patrizia is having none of it, and doesn’t understand why Robert is challenging her.

Hans (Sterling Young) and Frank (Brian Ish) are competing for the same job. Each one thinks they are a “shoe in”, taking each other on with distain and competitiveness. They work in the same office, but see things from very different perspectives.

Then we have the office building guards, Heinrich (Johnathan Buchanan) and Maria (Coral Huerta). They address us at the beginning and end of the play, and again, we see the same situation through the eyes of two different perspectives.

I can’t say enough good things about these actors. They bring raw, natural emotion to each of the roles and take us to the core of their characters. They are FANTASTIC, each and every one of them. Dariush Kashani’s direction is noteworthy and addresses each characters personality, bringing each actor to the crescendo of the moment. Roland Schimmelpfennig’s play takes a scene to an emotional height – then turns the emotion in the opposite direction like a plane falling from the sky – far in the other direction. We feel this emotion, ripped into feeling the insecurities of the characters. Or maybe we begin to recognize the insecurities.

PUSH UP and the Studio A Theatre Company are a breath of fresh air to the always wonderful NoHoArtsDistrict theatre community, and I look forward to many more performances by them. This is a MUST SEE, and unfortunately we have only 6 performances of this play. Don’t wait to enjoy an evening of excellent theatre in the NoHo Arts District.


Written by Roland Schimmelpfennig
Directed by Dariush Kashani 

Cast: Johnathan Buchanan, April Audia, Vera Hairabedian, Svetlana Islamova, David House, Cynthy Wu, Desi Ivanova, Sterling Young, Brian Ish, Coral Huerta
Production Stage Manager: Alexandra Nadjarian
Lighting Design: David House
Sound Design: Johnathan Buchanan

NoHo Actor’s Studio
5215 Lankershim Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91601

June 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th & 16th
Friday & Saturdays @ 7:30pm

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Ticket Price: $20.00

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