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Dreams From a Dead City

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Dreams From a Dead City
Photo Source: Joe Luis Cedillo
It's been said you've gotta have a gimmick, but the illusion isn't much good if the tits don't light up. Hopefully, as the run continues for Greg Machlin and Joe Luis Cedillo's abstract "L.A. sci-fi tech fable," things will go better if future audiences respond more freely, as the concept fails if viewers don't arrive with a sea of smart phones—and a willingness to share their numbers with the producers. Yet even if this rickety inspiration succeeds, these uncomfortable-looking but gamely committed players need a workable script, not an incomprehensible Samuel Beckett–meets–Ayn Rand rant that evokes a continuous spew of pop references from Sylvia Plath to Don Draper without making much sense.

Company of Strangers at the Open Fist Theatre, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Sat., June 11, 10:30 p.m.; Sat., June 18, 6 p.m.; Sun., June 19, 11 p.m., Mon., June 20, 10:30 p.m., Tue., June 23, 11:30 p.m.

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