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LA Theater Review
New Kid in Town
Written by Shawn Hillman, the story is familiar. The new kid (Andrew Pearson) says goodbye to mom, dad, and sweet girlfriend and hits the road to make his way in the world. He get to the "Hotel California," is seduced by a "Witchy Woman" (Jen Olivares), lives "Life in the Fast Lane," and returns to the "Best of My Love." Other capable performers are Ashley Cotter, Stacy Brecht, Harris Markson, Ashley Stafford, and director-choreographer Amy Weisenhorn. Pearson and Olivares are particularly notable as lithe and graceful modern dancers.
Enhancing the production are multiple screens that shift and fade from kaleidoscopic colored lights to natural scenery that suits the music. The Western vibe of the band makes hitting the road a natural theme for the kid.
Probst's laudable vocals in "Tequila Sunrise" and "Lying Eyes" are easily matched by Hogue's delivery of "Life in the Fast Lane." The array of guitars, including a special double-neck as used by the Eagles, make for some fine sounds and a thoroughly satisfying evening at the theater.
Presented by and at the Blue Moon Theatre, 16200 E. Amber Valley Drive, Whittier. April 30–May 16. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 4 and 8 p.m.; Sun., 4 p.m. (800) 838-3006. www.bluemoontheatreco.com.
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