“All This Intimacy”

A review of Theatre of Arts’ “All This Intimacy.
A review of Theatre of Arts’ “All This Intimacy."

“All This Intimacy” is Theatre of Arts’ first production since Covid-19 messed everything up.  In fact, Theatre of Arts happens to be Hollywood’s longest-running acting conservatory!

It’s a comedy.  Thankfully.  It’s also direct by the conservatory’s veteran acting instructor, Claire Jacobs.

The story is centred around Ty Greene, a slightly obnoxious and remarkably successful poet who also narrates the play.  Over the space of roughly a week, Ty manages through charm, accident and sheer dumb luck to have sex with three women.  A neighbor, his girlfriend and a student of his at the college where he teaches. However, a few weeks later, they all discover they are pregnant, tell him, and, as you can imagine, chaos ensues.

“All This Intimacy” is funny, very funny. The women are strong, the men are happily not, and the plot is ridiculous, but in a very good way.  This is the perfect play to help ease us back to in-person performance. It’s so engaging that you won’t notice how close you are sitting to utter strangers, and even if you do, you won’t mind.  

The performances are brilliant.  A mix of current Theatre of Arts students and returning alumni grace the stage and lend credence to the story with style, edge and brilliant comic timing.

The play stars Garrett North, Dada Doe, Sarah Fanous, Taylor Holder, Lyrik Johnson, and Kylie Thomas

A review of Theatre of Arts’ “All This Intimacy."
A review of Theatre of Arts’ “All This Intimacy.”

It’s very cleverly directed, giving room for these excellent actors to do their thing, while deftly guiding us through a story of brazen aloofness, blindingly clumsy relationships and twisted single-dom.

While I am, just like everyone, relieved to be out in the world again, I find myself being a bit more discerning about where and with whom and to what end.  A play isn’t just an excuse to go out now.  Being in a room with strangers for a couple of hours requires more thought than it used to perhaps. So, recommending a play suddenly comes with a little more responsibility.  But, I am very happy to recommend this one.  “All This Intimacy” is worth your time I can assure you. You will laugh. A lot!  It’s so great to be back in a theatre again!!

And don’t forget to support theatre in NoHo and Los Angeles.  We very fortunate to have truly excellent theatre in this movie town.

When:

October 21 – 31
Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm

Where:

The Complex Hollywood
6472 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, CA  90038

Tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/all-this-intimacy-tickets-186159015627

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
Author: Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros is a British writer and filmmaker living In Los Angeles.