In this self-crafted solo show, Gregg Tomé starts and ends as a man who refuses to attend his 10-year high school reunion but then spends his increasingly inebriated evening recalling many of his friends. The framing device might not involve us enough, nor does the actor's continual disappearance backstage to briefly prepare each character (Tomé is self-directed). But his characters are spectacular and raise awe each time a new one appears onstage. Tomé skillfully uses costuming and physicality, but his face, particularly his remarkably malleable mouth, memorably sells each new persona, in these cautionary but never preachy tales.
Presented by and at Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood. Fri., June 18, 10:15 p.m.; Sat., June 19, 1:45 p.m.; Wed., June 23, 8:15 p.m.; Fri., June 25, 6 p.m.; Sat., June 26, 11:45 a.m. (866) 811-4111. www.backtobabylon.com.