Tuesday, 10 March 2015 05:08

Review - Love The Ones You’re With

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Wednesday night is a tricky night for theatre and I honestly didn’t quite know what to expect of this play from the title, ‘Love The Ones You’re With’! But after seeing the poster I thought, well if they’re brave enough to do this, then I’m brave enough to watch it!

Loosely based on the true story of the sexually adventurous Sandstone Retreat in Topanga Canyon, the play is set in the sixties, in the midst of the space race and on the cusp of the sexual revolution. The main character, Paul, played by Cole Cook, is a rising star in the Insurance business, happily married, but involved in several relationships with other women. One of these women, Barbra, played by Margaret Glaccum, is determined to free Paul from the bonds of his traditional relationship with his wife, and to also free his wife, played by Deniele Cloutier from the boring chains of monogamy. Barbara and her rocket scientist boyfriend John, played by Lester Ryan Clark, invite the couple to one of their ‘swing’ parties and chaos ensues.

Lives are changed, secrets revealed, minds opened and plans are made to colonize Mars….

With delightful musical interludes with Max Brenner on guitar, this show blends live music, video and live performance to fully immerse us in this particularly ‘crazy’ era. Kudos to everyone for very nearly barring all on stage, you are all very brave! The cast are clearly enjoying themselves, and the show is written by one of the company members, which is always inspiring to see.

Love The Ones You’re With is a carefree trip down the sometimes hazardous memory lane of the sixties. But this production avoids the obvious cliches of drugs and free love, instead focusing on a much more intimate portrait of a couples relationship and their very own sexual ‘evolution’ to find out what they truly want from each other.

I’m not sure I have seen a more original approach to this particular time and place. It was a lot of fun not knowing quite what to expect next!

The show is playing every Wednesday between March 4th and April 8th at the Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, 91423

The tickets are $20

Written by Marty Zitter
Directed and Produced by Brad Sachs


Paul - Cole Cook
Judith - Deniele Cloutier
Barbara - Margaret Glaccum
Lisa - Kelsey Redmond
John - Lester Ryan Clark
Arlene - Timeka Little
David - Jayce Alexander Basques
Carol - Devon Franklin
Marty - James A Janisse
Carter - Martin Zitter
Musical Guest - Max Brenner

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Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
Writer, Filmmaker, Musician. Samantha has Produced over 60 short films and Written and Directed 20. She is the co-creator of 52 Films/52 Weeks and The Cinema Tribe Collective. She has written over 400 LA Theatre reviews and is partners in Xpress Records a Music Publishing Company in the UK.  This year she will be directing her first feature film which she also wrote, developing several others and is writing a children’s book. 

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  • Comment Link Barbara Williamson Friday, 09 November 2018 09:39 posted by Barbara Williamson

    It's refreshing to see live expressions from the Legendary Sandstone Retreat era are finding ways into everyday life on stage. Offering new perspectives on relationships.


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