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All For Art @ The Sherry Theatre North Hollywood

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ShoWorks Entertainment presents "All for Art" now playing through September 24 at The Sherry Theater in the NoHo Arts District.

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

https://www.showorksentertainment.com/all-for-art

Cast

Fiona - Jo Galloway

Chandra Pajapati - Vee Kumari

Philip - Chris Worley

Production

Director - Gretchen Goode

Stage Manager - Darren Portilla

Assistant Stage Manger = Shai Terece

Lighting Design - David Carreno

Producer - Vee Kuman

Producer - ShoWorks Entertainment

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Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros is a British writer, director, filmmaker living in Los Angeles. She co-created the unprecedented project 52 Films/52 Weeks: A Year in Filmmaking, where she and her partners, wrote, directed, produced and edited a film a week for an entire year. She currently has several independent film projects at various stages of development.  

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  • Comment Link J.J. Alemany Tuesday, 12 September 2017 18:39 posted by J.J. Alemany

    All For Art ... Review #3 ... I went to see All For Art last Friday and like I said before some work you can see it once and that's enough...some other work you can see it time after time and you continue to discover more details... magical gems and moments that happen when everything is flowing... So far So good for All For Art !!! This was my 3rd time seeing the show and my favorite so far !!! To me the timing was perfect !!! and was very dynamic... So I could enjoy every line and every nuance from each of the performers. Vee Kumari, Chris Worley and Jo Galloway were all superb !!! The trio of actors are like a Jazz Trio or a Rock Power Trio getting tighter and sharper gig after gig !!! I highly recommend this informative comedy to anybody who would like to have a laugh and learn-relate to artists struggles,idiosyncrasies and taxes !!! Directed by Gretchen Goode and Produced by Darren Portilla for ShoWorks Entertainment ... All For Art is at The Sherry Theater in NoHo Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm through the month of September... For tickets and info go to http://www.showorksentertainment.com

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  • Comment Link J.J. Alemany Friday, 08 September 2017 22:12 posted by J.J. Alemany

    All for Art ... A ShoWorks Entertainment Production ... At the Sherry Theater in NoHo ...Premiere Review by J. J. Alemany ... I highly recommend to get there early cause parking is tricky and you don't want to miss the beginning ! All For Art starring Vee Kumari, Chris Worley and Jo Galloway ... Directed by Gretchen Goode and Produced and Jack of All Trades by Darren Portilla . The heat was a 100 degrees Fahrenheit at night so I think many people chose to stay at home... The Sherry Theater has a working AC so is nice and cool ! A small crowd showed up the show began ! I knew the premise was a married couple getting a surprise visit from an IRS official and that it was a comedy but what surprised me was how informative this play was on tax law, bill of rights , etc... Definitely were very funny moments ... Worley delivered a solid funny performance , Kumari also delivered an stunning performance yet her role was more serious and emotional , she told me afterwards that was her 1st theater performance!!! She came from film and tv ...and last but not least ... Galloway's performance reminded me of 2 of my all time favorite actresses... Cate Blanchett and Lucille Ball !!! Jo got the versatility of Blanchett, an epitome of beauty and brains !!! Yet she also has that beautiful goofball aspect of Lucille Ball !!! The show went smoothly from beginning to end ! Bravo!!! I'll see it again !!! All For Art will be tonight at 8pm , tomorrow Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm through the month of September at The Sherry Theater in NoHo ... If you want to have a laugh and learn about artists struggles and taxes go to http://www.showorksentertainment.com for tickets and info ...
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