The 6th Act Presents “The $5 Shakespeare Company”

Written by Mattew Leavitt. Directed by Joel Zwick.

Running February 7 through March 8, Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at  2pm

The wonderful people at the 6th Act have outdone themselves yet again.

If you have ever wondered what really goes on behind the scenes of a low-rent, high-concept theatre company in L.A., then wonder no more!  This hilarious and beautifully written play introduces us with brutal and loving honesty to the world of a struggling black box theatre company.

The characters are as wild as they are real…. I have seen a lot of plays and know far too many actors. Believe me when I say again, they are real.  For me this only adds to the spice of this wonderful and thoughtfully catty play.  The story told is that this theatre company, The $5 Dollar Shakespeare Co, which exists to give its actors the opportunity to play the roles only the gods of acting would get to play on a big equity stage, is really struggling. It is the last bastion of culture in the vivid and surreal world of L.A. black box theatre and nerves are fraying all over the place.

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But this night, this one magical crazy night, someone from the L.A. Parks department is in the audience….looking for a replacement for the ‘Shakespeare in the Park company as its fearless leader is returning to old Blighty.  They are hoping to give this company a shot at the big time. Of course no one is supposed to know, which explains why everybody does in lightning speed.  And chaos and sublime drama ensues.

It’s brilliant.  Funny, poignant, life-like, bitingly ironic, sarcastically heartbreaking, full of satire so perfect it must be true.  The writer Matthew Leavitt takes us on a journey through emotional breakdowns, hopeless narcissism, and the kind of relationships that truly only exist in theatre.  Just so good.

I loved the characters in fact, all so juicy and exact. There’s flamboyance sure, but also nuance and depth and sweetness.  It’s a lovely balance of roles, an epic ensemble of players and as the tension builds and the fur flies we grow quite fond of them all.  Excellent writing!

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It is boldly directed by Joel Zwick with a kind of ‘no holds barred’ poetic style, which pays off in bucket loads.  The cast is, as usual, superb.  All fittingly fake, desperately desperate and just gorgeously outrageously perfect.  I strongly urge you to see this show. I insist in fact.  It really is compulsory theatre…you will absolutely love it!

It’s only running till March 8, so get a move on!!!

Showtimes and Tix

Theatre 68, 5112 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601


Starring Kenajuan Bentley, Emerson Collins, Carolina Espiro, Natalie Lander, Luke McClure, Cindy Nguyen, Andy Robinson, Liza Seneca, Adam J. Smith and Jamie Zwick.

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
Author: Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

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