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LA Theater Review
Breaking and Entering
Not that every play must hew to a particular style, but this one wanders among far too many. Neil Simon one-liners, magical realism, noir—as we watch Colin Mitchell's script unfold, we're never sure how we are to react, similarly unaided by the direction of Mark L. Taylor.
Making the evening worthwhile is the work of Steven Shaw as Wallace. He is a thinking actor—in his preparation and in his moment-to-moment work onstage. He is fascinating to watch, whether he is listening, lighting candles, straightening the place, or lying through his character's teeth. And although his dialogue too often consists of the line "Excuse me?" he makes it fresh every time.
Meredith Bishop plays Milly. The actor is skilled. But, like the play, she wanders among styles, starting out far too heightened and hysterical, turning ethereal, then playing for realism.
Lary Ohlson and Christopher Gehrman play two sports commentators, another layer that doesn't help shape the work.
Presented by Theatre 40 at the Reuben Cordova Theatre, 241 Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills.
Aug. 12-Sept. 6. Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.
(310) 364-0535. www.theatre40.org.
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