Reviewed by Amalisha HuEck
Have you ever wondered what life on Mars might look like? How Martians think and what they do? Through eight uniquely intriguing life situations, creatively explored by playwrights Jeff Gould and Jake Gould, the stories of love, sex and marriage are revealed by challenging conformity of lifestyles. The variety of relationships brings in a fresh vibe of what love might be on Mars.
The one-act stories in the world premiere, Love, Sex and Misery will give you 85 minutes of good laughs while showing the different ways how miserable one can be in a relationship. If you feel like laughing, give yourself a gift and see this hilariously entertaining show, where a self-willed smoke detector alarm is acting as another actor on the stage, connecting the acts like a heartbeat with its chirping and touching upon the major points of some good and bad parts of the relationships.
Just to mention a few fun scenarios: in 'Bullshit Detector', the electromagnetic sensory detector shocks lovers every time it catches them in lies; in 'To Good Friends' one friend gets an answer what his friends think about him by staging his death; in 'Two Stones, One Bird', the parrot repeats everything said in the room and reveals the couple's faithlessness; and in the 'Invention of Marriage', we are shown how marriage and divorce was invented.
There are twenty actors with many playing different roles. Congratulations on wonderful teamwork and for exploring everyone's comedic and dramatic talent. The actors are Ashley Alva, Anthony Backman, Auri Brown, Karen Brundage, Domenick DiDiana, Kriss Dozal, Jean Marie Fiumara, Adam Fox, Jake Gould, Alexander Hall, Shelby Janes, Chuck Lacey, Ari Litman-Weinberg, Piper Major, Ian Nemser, Amye Partain, Briana Wagner, Jason Pierce, Olivia Spirz, Tim Trobec, Tina Walsch, Marco Parra, and Corbin Timbrook.
The new comedy Love, Sex and Misery produced at Skypilot Theatre Company by Shelby Janes and masterfully directed by five directors (Anthony Backman, Sean Dube, Jeff Gould, Anita Tellez-Mansy and Morris Schorr) is fun and super entertaining. By adding a smoke detector alarm and some gun shots to a similar way of living show us that life on Mars may not be very different than the one we live here on earth.
Skypilot Theatre is a non-profit ensemble company of resident playwrights, actors and directors producing provocative, compelling and challenging new works for the Los Angeles theatre-going audience.'
This great show is not to be missed. You will laugh out loud as the stories of love, sex, and marriage unfold. The new comedy runs through Sunday, Dec. 10th at the 905 Cole Theatre in Hollywood. Showtimes are 8 p.m., Saturday; 3 p.m., Sunday. Tickets are $40.
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