|by Rachel Flanagan
Abraham Smith, Liesl Jackson (seated). Photo by James Sprague
What happens when you put two writers together who can’t seem to agree on a storyline or even whether they’re writing a play or a movie? You get the world premiere comedy written and directed by Emmy-winning writer Gordon Bressack, Murder, Anyone? Starring Carla Collins, Bruce Clifford, Liesl Jackson, Abraham Smith, Devin Caldarone and Jack Zullo.
Carla Collins (Left) , Liesl Jackson. Photo by James Sprague
Murder, Anyone? Starts with two playwrights George and Charlie (Jack Zullo and Devin Caldarone) attempting to conjure up a hit whodunit play or maybe a hit movie to the likes of classics like Murder by Death. As each aspect of the story unfolds and changes, the cast of characters act out the scenes in real time. Their play within a play starts out as an average guy (Abraham Smith) dressed in a tennis getup (whose name changes as the play progresses) wants to steal a Picasso from a spoiled rich girl (Liesl Jackson). However, a few changes letter and a theft of a Picasso turns into three psychos (one in a chicken suit) and multiple cases of murder. As if that wasn’t absurd enough, a neighbor (Carla Collins) who happens to be a blind medium brings about more chaos and zombies without remembering a thing. The question is, how will the story end and more so will the writers ever finish their play and is it a play or is it a script?
Devin Caldaron, Jack Zullo (Standing). Photo by James Sprague
Devin Caldarone, Jack Zullo (seated). Who is the murderer? Photo by James Sprague
Writer and Director Gordon Bressack wrote for some hilarious cartoons of the 80’s and 90’s like “Scooby Doo”, “The Smurfs”, “Animaniacs” and “Pinky & the Brain” and his comedy continues to translate to the stage with previous hits “Fuggedaboudit” and “Missing Dick.” The play is purposely ridiculous and the acting almost bad enough that the audience may question whether it’s an act or just a group of bad actors, but somehow it all works well enough together that you’ll laugh along with the preposterous shenanigans happening on stage. If you’re looking for an enjoyable evening with laughs and an easy escape for a short period of time, check out Murder, Anyone? For a murderously good time.
Come watch the bloody murderous hijinks every Wednesday at 8pm through June 7, 2017 at the Whitefire Theater in Sherman Oaks.April 5 – June 7
Wednesdays 8:00 PM
April 5 – June 7
Tickets:$25 Students/Seniors/Groups: $21
Buy tickets and information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Whitefire Theatre
13500 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks 91601.