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LA Theater Review

Top That!

Top That!
This ensemble-written comedy, directed by Brandon Baruch and Courtney Dusenberry, is about child actors making a rocky transition into young adulthood. Affluent movie star Daisy (Emily Ingersoll) has invited her former co-stars of the "Pancakes, Oh Yes!" series (think "Saved by the Bell") for a weekend retreat at her resort cabin. The gathering is dominated by sexual tension—gay and straight—and resurrected grudges. The rambling interactions come to an abrupt end with a bit of Keystone Kops–style slapstick. Despite caustically funny moments, the effort is hampered by uneven performances and a two-hour narrative that desperately needs sharper focus.

ArtWorks Theatre (Fringe Central), 6567 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Open Fist Theatre, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Celebration Theatre, 7051 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Thu., June 9, 9:30 p.m.; Sat., June 18, 3:30 p.m. (ArtWorks) Mon., June 13, 8 p.m.; Sun., June 19, 9 p.m.; Tue., June 21, 10 p.m.; Sun., June 26, 5 p.m. (Open Fist) Sat., June 25, 3 p.m. (Celebration)

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