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LA Theater Review

Five Uneasy Pieces

Todd Waring's impressive self-penned solo show (with moody live accompaniment on double bass from Lyman Medeiros) plays like an actor's show reel. His six short monologues demonstrate the middle-aged actor's command of a range of accents and personae, while the unpredictable subject matter swerves between dark, sinister, and emotional. Characters range from a crotchety old black woman (with perfect, quaint Southern intonations) to a jovial Australian art instructor (broad accent is passable) whose simmering rage inadvertently surfaces in an art class to a foul-mouthed street gangster and a tough-talking Special Ops sergeant who goes rogue in Afghanistan. Disappointingly, the last piece, skewering a cheesy folk singer who amusingly gibbers nonsensical French, doesn't fit the bill. Five strong and one weak monologue is not a bad ratio.

Devoted Inc. at The Elephant Stages, 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Thu. & Sat., 8 p.m.; thru June 25.

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