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LA Theater Review

Life in the Middle Ages

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Life in the Middle Ages
Photo Source: Julie Weinhouse
Writer–standup comic Steve Ochs' mega-personal solo show about the inevitable outcome of aging deploys a faux-medieval fairy tale—projected overhead in Python-esque mode, drolly narrated by Wendy Cutler—to contextualize his trek through Elizabeth Kübler-Ross' five stages of grief. The amiably irreverent, quip-happy Ochs aims to help viewers follow his lead and make peace with the Grim Reaper. Yet his relentlessly facile text yields few new insights that couldn't be found at a New Age retreat or Comedy Store benefit night. That said, the attending audience chortled throughout and seemed truly touched by Ochs' beatific guided meditation finale.

Hero FilmWorks and Combined Artists at Theatre Asylum, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Thu., June 9, 4 p.m.; Sat., June 11, 8 p.m.; Sat., June 18, 8 p.m.; Mon., June 20, 7 p.m.; Tue., June 21, 7 p.m.; Sat., June 25, 2:30 p.m.; Sun., June 26, 7 p.m.

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