His Minute Hand

In writer-director Stephen Kaliski's play, officers Rip (Lloyd Mulvey) and Charles (Christopher Salazar) are bound to uphold a law that demands women remain confined indoors because of "the war" outside. However, their pregnant wives, Hilda (Rebecca Newman) and Penelope (Nancy Noto), have cabin fever, so Charles decides to bend the rules. The ensuing nonlinear collection of scenes, unfortunately, is like a shower with an erratic water heater. Sometimes the volcanic plumes of anger scald you, while at other times the disconnected dialogue leaves you cold. Mostly, the action is lukewarm and confusing, or as Charles says, "like pouring vinegar on waffles."

The Complex Theatre, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood; Mon.-Thurs., 3 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.; thru June 27. (866) 811-4111. A Green Room Presents Production.