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As far as I know, there is no one who reads this with any regularity and is local… I mean, someone who’d do their daily intake of Wren and see me posting a message telling them to

Drop what you’re doing and get your ass to Royce Hall at UCLA tonight or tomorrow. I’m serious. Marcy got free tickets to a show that’s only there three nights. Though this sounds cliché, it’s entirely true: I have not had this much fun in the theater in a long, long time. We’re talking YEARS long time kinda timing.

The show is Theater of the New Ear. Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Thewlis, Meryl Streep, Hope Davis… The night consists of two “sound plays.” It’s like watching a radio show, but so very much not… There’s live music written and conducted by Carter Burwell, and a foley artist who does 75% of the sound effects. The actors sit at the front of the stage and do their readings.

The first play is by Francis Fregoli, who Marcy and I think are the Coen brothers. It’s a wonderful, semi-twisted but moving story. The second play, written by Charlie Kaufman, can not be described without entirely ruining the surprise and joy of its lunacy. Honestly, I can not say much more than it’s self-referential, pseudo-self-referential, purposefully masturbatory, and friggin’ astounding to watch. Yes, watch. A sound play! Even the liner notes are part of the show.

You MUST see this show. Only two nights left. Go to the website now and buy tickets. Even crappy seats will suffice. They may be $38, but pay it. Charge it. Sell the gas out of your tank. Just see it. You will so very much thank yourself if you do… When the marketing blurb says, “This will be an evening like none you’ve ever seen—or heard—before,” it’s 100% accurate.

Go. GO! What are you waiting for?

5 Comments

Steve, who should be getting paid for this, Expounded Thusly:

I understand the show is sold out Fridnay night, which makes TONIGHT your only chance to see it…

Thursday, September 15th, 2005 • 4:05pm • Permalink

Steve Expounded Thusly:

Well, guess what… according to the website, TONIGHT is sold out, too. Bummer. I consider myself lucky to have seen it, then.

Thursday, September 15th, 2005 • 4:07pm • Permalink

Sammalammadingdong Expounded Thusly:

Thanks for getting us all worked up for nothing! You big tease. Guess it’s time for a cold shower.

Thursday, September 15th, 2005 • 6:20pm • Permalink

Xena, the Angry Princess Expounded Thusly:

Dammit! I need to make sure I check this silly online thing-a-ma-bob every day or I may miss out on something amazing. Fiddle-sticks.

Monday, September 19th, 2005 • 9:00am • Permalink

Steve Expounded Thusly:

I woudl have thought Xena had better powers of FAC (Fun Activity Cognizance).

Friday, September 23rd, 2005 • 10:23am • Permalink

 

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