Directed by Gretchen Goode
Produced by ShoWorks Entertainment
"All for Art" is a darkly comic and thoroughly entertaining one act. An ode to the many of us who struggle to describe what we actually do on our tax returns and stubbornly figure out a way to justify our nominal tax bill as we furiously list our “artistic” deductions…
The play revolves around a couple of artists, one a poet/professor and the other, his wife, a struggling actress with a penchant for expensive costumes and trips abroad.
On the day we meet them, returning from yet another shopping excursion, they are finally cornered by a particularly tenacious tax inspector who, after trying in vain to reach them via phone, has turned up at their door. Oh, the horror!
In a panic, the couple rearrange their apartment to mimic the “office” layout their return describes and reluctantly face the IRS inspector and her odious task…to catch them in their own web of lies.
God how we all hate doing taxes. My husband “allows” me the privilege each year, and I juggle with it for weeks trying to get the formula just right. How many square feet is your home office, how much did you spend on office supplies, what percentage of your mileage is for work, etc, etc, etc…and so it was with a great deal of empathy that I watched as the couple squirmed and wriggled and improvised their way around every obstacle the terrible Mrs Pajapati threw in their direction.
But, as we discover, Mrs Pajapati has struggles of her own and as the play unfolds and the chaos develops a life of its own, we see the parallels in all the characters on stage, the poet, the actress, and the tragic IRS agent, as well as parallels of our own.
I won't spoil the fun for you, and this play is an awful lot of fun, but suffice it to say that karma works in all directions, and the universe does its thing as it will do.
I particularly loved the characters in this piece. The relationship between the couple, Fiona and Philip was hilarious and rang pretty true to me. My husband is a writer…Philip’s indignant insistence that a12-dollar income from poetry was perfectly acceptable, Fiona’s narcissistic obsession with extravagant roles she will never play… just wonderful!
Mrs Pajapati was also a brilliant character, full of comic reality and the sweet struggle of conscience that a women, or man for that matter, has in any profession where performance is measured in the number of heads that roll.
This is a one-act play that feels like a much bigger production. No skimping on the staging or thrown together music. ShoWorks Entertainment certainly shows a lot of pride in their productions, and I truly appreciated the care and attention to detail that they took with what could have been produced with much less effort.
If you have an hour free and you like a great farce, and I certainly do, then you will love “All for Art.” I highly recommend it, but get your tickets fast, it’s only running for three weeks!!
September 1 - 24, Friday Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm
The Sherry Theatre, 11052 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood
Fiona - Jo Galloway
Chandra Pajapati - Vee Kumari
Philip - Chris Worley
Director - Gretchen Goode
Stage Manager - Darren Portilla
Assistant Stage Manger = Shai Terece
Lighting Design - David Carreno
Producer - Vee Kuman
Producer - ShoWorks Entertainment