A theater review of Write Act Repertory’s “Hello World!” Written by Thomas J. Misuraca and directed by Richard Lucas, Anne Mesa, Sebastian Munoz, and Darrin Yalacki.
Brilliantly written, hilariously performed, deftly directed, after soooo many, many months of nothing in the flesh, so to speak, “Hello World!” was the oasis I was hoping for.
Thomas J. Misuraca is writer-in-residence for Roaring Epiphany Production Company in NYC, a member of the Dramatist Guild, and on the board of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights and First Stage L.A. These are his six plays, some of which dabble with our collective near death experience. They are a gorgeous smorgasbord of style, content, character and theme. All delightfully dark and slightly off kilter. In fact, much like the past year or so of our lives.
The “Hello World!” stories range from work place drudgery and revolt, to the green-eyed monster of jealously, to odd friends, odd dates, what on earth do we have to even talk to each other about anymore, and the actual end of everything.
It’s a lovely gathering of mind product from a writer who has a talent for the absurdity of the human condition and the consequences we cause.
Honestly, I would have been happy to sit in silence with strangers watching just about anything…politely distanced of course. But this show is absolutely wonderful. Everyone is excellent. A group of talented, eclectic, real, beautiful human beings that reflect perfectly the city we live in, the real city that is, not crazy plastic Hollywood. They take these funny, quirky adorable characters and give them luscious life. The staging is clever, introspective and therefore utterly sublime. All quick changes and cunningly simple props. I honestly loved this show!!!
The Brickhouse is a sweet little theatre, but easy to navigate in and out of, if you are a bit nervous about all this still. I know I am! But everyone is very respectful, masked, sanitised and buttoned up. So you should be fine. Let’s please get out a bit and support our lovely and lonely theatres. They are bereft without us and we have lost far too many of them.
“Hello World!” is a great way to dip your toe back into the pool of ‘live.’ BRAVO!!!!
Through August 15. Saturday at 7PM, Sunday at 2PM
Write Act Repertory
10950 Peach Grove St.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Lizzie Czerner, Ron Gabaldon, Dean Ghaffari, Jenna Herz, Freda Yifan Jing, Matt W. Kim, Paula K. Long, Skip Pipo, Rafael Hernandez Roulet, Emma Toureau, and Michael J. Treat.
Producing Artistic Director: John Lant
Producer: Anne Mesa
Playwright: Thomas J. Misuraca
Directors: Richard Lucas, Anne Mesa, Sebastian Munoz, Darrin Yalacki
Stage Manager: Scarlett Sun
Stage Manager 2/Production Assistant: Mike Chung
House Manager: Jonathan Harrison
Tech: Jonathan Harrison
Sound Design (“GOODBYE CRUEL WORLD”): Tricia Minty
Graphic Design: Thomas J. Misuraca