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LA Theater Review

Charlie! The Death of Nancy Fullforce

Charlie! The Death of Nancy Fullforce
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In this musical by writer-performer Jasten King, hard-driving rock songs and multimedia imagery overwhelm a wisp of a narrative that apparently aims for subversive satire but mostly comes across as loud and annoying. Charlie (Robin Hall), a perpetually drugged-up journalist, attempts to solve a mystery surrounding the reported death of androgynous rock idol Nancy Fullforce (King in an Elvis Presley mode). Lucidity isn't a strong point here. Hall's New Zealand dialect and rapid-fire ranting don't help. Neither does Tyler Clement as Charlie's pal, who mumbles his dialogue while exhibiting a timid stage presence. Rent "The Sound of Music" and skip this incomprehensible enterprise.

ArtWorks Theatre (Fringe Central), 6567 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Fri., June 10, 8 p.m.; Fri., June 17, 8 p.m.; Fri., June 24, 9:30 p.m.

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