A review of “The Uninvited Guest,” written by Bonnie Anderson, directed by Conrad Dunn and produced by Stacy Ann Raposa, running at The Sherry Theatre through November 21.
“The Uninvited Guest” begins its story as a bride, Angela, flees her wedding, hiding in the bathroom and locking the door. In a panic, she seems confused and has no understanding why she is so terrified. Alone, she tries to fathom her situation and is interrupted by a voice, who she thinks at first is coming from a bathroom stall, a wedding guest perhaps. However, she quickly discovers the bathroom stall is empty, there is no guest and the voice is disembodied. Until, that is, it finally takes physical form.
God is a woman. Not a surprise to me. And, on this particular day, God has appeared to help Angela understand why on earth she can’t bring herself to walk down the aisle toward a man she clearly loves and a future she has always wanted.
Some secrets are so deeply hidden and so terrifying to see that we build layer upon layer of nonsense and lies to keep them in their place. But those are the secrets that will grow and grow until we have no choice but to deal with them. Angela has that kind of secret. The kind that destroys lives and families and friendships and the strongest and most beautiful of brides.
“The Uninvited Guest” is a fascinating play. What begins as a comical rumination on regular human fears and frailty evolves into metaphysical conversation on who God is and what we humans are turns, and then turns dark and all the more riveting when those secrets come calling.
Small theatres like The Sherry are the life blood of L.A. theatre. We have lost half of the stages in NoHo over the past 18 months. Thank goodness for The Sherry for hanging in there and providing a space for deeply authentic work such as this. With simple and creative direction, purposefully and vivid portraits of human suffering and enlightenment these wonderful actors sublimely perform as their characters world is unmade before us. Bravo to all!!
“The Uninvited Guest” has a very short run, just three weekends and it’s all over on November 21. So get your tickets soon and please support our NoHo theatres so we can hold fast to those we have left!
Rachel Parker as Angela, Jylian Sy as Mother and Judy, and Greg Yoder as Ralph and Father Muldoon and Ivory Tiffin as God.
November 6 through 21
Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm & 7pm
The Sherry Theatre
11052 W Magnolia Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601