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LA Theater Review
The gist is that male model Guy (Shaw Jones) was in a bad car accident and is suffering from amnesia. A group of friends and associates have convened at his Manhattan apartment, hoping to jump-start his memory by recounting their experiences with him. As might be expected, a series of scandals—adultery, family betrayal, homosexual advances, unwanted pregnancy—are among the revelations. But which, if any, are true, and who is that mysterious Mafioso thug (amusingly played by Armen Torosyan), with a weakness for Bette Davis movies, who has shown up to crash the party?
Jones is an effective straight man—in more ways than one—dealing with the motley contingent of eccentrics baring their souls during the goofy truth session. Christopher Le Crenn and Charles M. Howell IV play a mincing gay couple in stereotypical overdrive. As two flames squabbling over Guy, Tara Ciabattoni depicts comic desperation while Mary Kay Riley plays a bitchy ice princess—two unappealing and not particularly funny characters. Jessica Rose dutifully takes the token bimbo role as Guy's duplicitous but dumb sister-in-law. Gerrence George works hard but finds little humor in the blandly written role of Guy's mulatto half-brother. Two surprise appearances toward the end put another zany spin on a show already overridden with contrivances.
Presented by Charles M. Howell IV and Kenneth P. Lombino at the Hudson Backstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Aug. 14–Sept. 20. Fri.–Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. (323) 960-7753. www.plays411.com/fugg.
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