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"Danny and The Deep Blue Sea" at Theatre 68, 5112 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood , 91601. Playing March 11 - April 2, Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 8 PM and Sunday @ 2 PM
Crown City Theatre Presents
Written by John Patrick Shanley
Directed by John McNaughton
This is not your ordinary love story. Bringing together two troubled souls in DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, author John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Moonstruck, Joe vs. The Volcano) shows us how an unlikely relationship that we don’t think has a chance in hell of working out …seems to. This latest play from the Crown City Theatre Company is full of raw anger, desperation, and performances by two superb actors.
Roberta (Juliet Landau) and Danny (Matthew J. Williamson) meet in a sleazy bar in the Bronx, where, over a pitcher of beer, we witness these stranger’s emotional and sometimes physical stories. Each of them is haunted by their pasts. Danny, bloody and bruised from almost beating a man to death, is incredibly out of control and full of rage. Roberta is struggling with family issues. Not threatened by Danny’s wildness and intensity, she reaches out to him for companionship. She draws him back to her room in her parent’s house where they end up spending the night, coming together in their loneliness.
Juliet Landau (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL, ED WOOD) is spectacular as Roberta. Matthew J. Williamson (SEDONA, HELTER SKELTER) is fantastic as Danny. Each of these excellent actors transports us into the emotional lives of two incredibly damaged people, and how love and hate collide between two strangers.
Director John McNaughton has engulfed us in the lives of Danny and Roberta, and the set and lighting design only intensifies our relationship with the characters.
This was a very hard show for me to watch. Yet, I couldn’t take my eyes off the stage. I didn’t even realize there was a stage because I was so caught up in the lives of these two struggling, painfully disturbed people. As I said at the top of this review, this is not your ordinary love story. But it is a love story nonetheless. It is full of offensive language and intense anger. It is also full of redemption and release. It is also a play you must see!
Cast: Juliet Landau and Matthew J. Williamson
Director: John McNaughton
Produced by: Crown City Theatre Company – William A. Reilly, Kimberly Bullock, Ben Rovner, Gary Lamb, Joanne McGee
Set Design: Keiko Moreno
Costume Design: Tanya Apuya
Lighting Design: Gary Lamb
Lighting Consultant: Tony Potter
Production Stage Manager: Kimberly Bullock
Production Photos: Deverill Weekes
Publicity: Deverill Weekes and Gary Lamb
Crown City Theater (located on the campus of St. Matthew’s Church)
11031 Camarillo Street
North Hollywood, CA 91602
Previews: October 18th & 19th
Performances: October 21st – December 18th, 2011
Plays: Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 7pm
Tickets: $20 for previews, $25 general admission
For more information: www.crowncitytheatre.com or 818.605.5685