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LA Theater Review

Eavesdropper 2012

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The titillating trifecta of sex, drugs, and violence cannot save this premiere production from its wretchedly uninteresting fate. A mind-bogglingly problematic set obscures much of the action, and unintelligent blocking drives the large cast (nameless here, due to the absence of a playbill) into various corners, where they amateurishly grasp for dramatic motivation. The script, by members of the Mississippi Actors Group, finds costumed college kids drugging, groping, dancing, and dishing in the bathroom on New Year's Eve. Lurking in the shower is a gangbanger hiding from the cops. The bacchanalia culminates in a fatality. Even the bend-her-over banging is a bore.

The Complex, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Thu., June 14, 11:45 p.m.; Sat., June 18, 11:45 p.m.; Sat., June 25, 11:45 p.m.; Sun., June 26, 4:15 p.m. hollywoodfringe.org/projects/577.

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