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Theatre Review >> The Owl and the Pussycat

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“Scanty, Snappy and Fun! The Owl and The Pussycat!”

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"The Owl and the Pussycat" is based on a play by Bill Manhoff and more popularized by a screenplay written by Buck Henry for George Segal and Barbara Streisand in 1970. It  has always been a fun story of a ‘cat’n’mouse’  dynamic between two very different people and there is no better play about when opposites attract each other.

Directed by Gloria Gifford, the Jamaica Moon Productions and  The GGC production at the TU Studios in North Hollywood present this colorful production of  a prostitute and a writer. She is, of course, a ‘model/actress’ and he is, of course, the more nerdy and intellectual type. Put these two together in a room, force them to interact, and you have a unique recipe for comedy, frustration and romance.

This production is made more interesting because of Doris, played fancifully by Jade Warner. Jade loves to swing around on stage with a rather whimsical style and in turn gives the audience some very funny moments. She is sharp and broad in her character and  yet she plays the innocence and ignorance very well. Jade is a wonderful contrast to the man she is now pushing herself on in his very small apartment.

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Playing Felix is Bill Stevenson who gives an interesting take on a very familiar personality type. Bill is loud and crazy with frustration and often so excited he doesn’t realize he’s actually falling for his new roommate. Bill makes the sentimentality seem real as Jade responds to her rejection and eventual take-over of his apartment.

I liked the energy and feeling of confusion between the two of them while they gently grow on each other – literally.  The set and lighting are simple yet effective by Jeffrey Casciano and Roberto Schein respectively. It’s an interesting evening of Cat and Mouse….something you might relate too! Check them out at http://nohoartsdistrict.com/index.php/theatre-guide/theatres-in-north-hollywood/theatre-unlimited-tu-studios/the-owl-a-the-pussycat.

Photo Credit: Mathew Caine

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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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