"The Blade of Jealousy"
By Henry Ong
Directed by Denise Blasor
CAST: Natalie Amenula, Cynthia Dane, Juan Haro, Eddie Mui, Carla Valina, Terry Woodberry.
MUSICIAN/COMPOSER: Longo Chu
ADAPTED FROM THE PLAY "LA CELOSA DE SI MISMA" (JEALOUS OF HERSELF) BY TIRSO DE MOLINA (translated by Harley Erdman)
Dashing Melchor moves to Los Angeles to court his online dating connection but unexpectedly falls in love with a mysterious veiled lady (Magdalena) in a cathedral, and she with him. Unaware that the lady and his date are one and the same person, his reactions ignite Magdalena's jealousy--of herself! A madcap comedy of disguise and deception, Henry Ong's modern take on a 17th century Spanish play is surprisingly relevant today, in light of society's obsession with outward beauty and how it relates to self-worth.
Performances every Sunday at 7 p.m. from June 24 to August 26, 2018 at Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. www.whitefiretheatre.com
"Laughs and pleasure are the blade's currency."
Elaine Mura, Splash Mags
"Its secret recipe? Take one part of a Shakespearean play, add a dose of a Moliere-penned farce, blend with a helping of a 1930s-era screwball comedy, attach a slice of British slapstick (i.e. a charming movie as made by Ealing Studios), top it off with a scoop of a post-modern romantic comedy (rom-com), shake well, and what one has is this production!"
Rich Borowy, Accessibly Live Off-Line