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LA Theater Review

The Trouble With Words

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Gregory Nabours' musical revue has six singers, six musicians and 19 songs, all searching for a point. The theme, loosely, is miscommunication, and from that broad platform spring numbers about fatherhood, seduction, sloganeering and Christmas. If trimmed of the Disney-ballad filler, Nabours has a full act of songs that deserve attention: Chris Roque's radio-friendly "Listen," Aimee Karlin's heated "Fool's Gold," Josh Eddy's slippery "Kid With a Heart On," and Ryan Wagner's "Tongue Tied"—the second-act opener that rewards those who stay past intermission. Packed onto the stage are a piano, xylophone, violin, guitar, cello, saxophone, and full set of drums, together loud enough to drown out the lyrics. Joked the couple behind me, "I guess the 'Trouble With Words' is that you can't hear them." Patrick Pearson directs.

Coeurage Theatre Company at Actors Circle Theatre, 7313 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. Fri.–Sat., June 24–25, 9 p.m.

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