Death of a Salesgirl is a fast paced, unique stage show. Described as “an absurdist tragicomedy with integrated media, about one woman’s struggle to free herself from her past”. It was only after I saw the play that I could truly understand that description.
From the moment the character Cat (played by Patricia Scanlon) appears on stage I was wondering what I was actually seeing. The character starts off seeming sane enough as she shares with us her desire for “a mutually beneficial, yet heartfelt, exchange between two consenting human beings” Soon her dialogue as well as her appearance becomes more frantic, yet I found myself (rather uncomfortably) relating to the crazy woman dressed in a Girl Scouts uniform. I suppose that is what they mean by “absurdist tragicomedy”.
As far as the “integrated media” goes, this is a whole new way to present a play. There is animation, sound, and special effects done in a way I’ve never seen attempted before. The effects weren’t distracting or too over-the-top, but perfectly placed in the small theater, an exciting complement to the dynamic between the two main actors. It made the entire performance curious, sometimes sinister, other times magical.
What I loved the most about this play were the actors; Patricia Scanlon and Paul Dillon interacted and reacted explosively. The emotion and energy these two give each other and the audience is amazing. Sometimes Cat (Patricia) caused me to laugh out loud, luckily I wasn’t the only person in the audience that couldn’t keep quiet. There were moments when I really loved to hate Frank (Paul) and other times when I almost felt sorry for him.
This play was written by Patricia Scanlon, and brilliantly directed by Matt McCray. Award-winning animator Dan Lund, video designer Adam Fleming and sound designer John Zalewski bring their amazing talents to the bootleg theater to give you something you’ve never seen before.
Death of a Salesgirl runs till November 17.
Showtimes are at 7:30pm, Thursdays through Saturdays.
Tickets are $25. Students and Seniors are $18.
Worth the price of admission just to hear Cat describe serving a can of expired soup.
Tickets available online and at the door.
The Bootleg Theater is located at 2220 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90057
There is a cool black-and-white photo booth in back so bring your singles.
There is parking across the street (behind the church) for $3.00
"Hollywood Premiere Party - The Show" is a high energy interactive experience now playing at the swanky Manor on Vine in the heart of Hollywood. The cool, colorful and kooky show is ...
Arriving early always makes an event seem to ramp in a slow manner. Like any other award event it will reach its peak speeding things along in dramatic fashion on ...
Toys in the Attic is a stop-motion/mixed animation film from Hannover House, which arrives in theaters today (Sept. 7). Created by Czech animation director Jiří Barta, and written by Edgar ...
This Saturday, June 4th, The Orpheum Theatre will screen seven of Disney's beloved "Silly Symphonies," with the scores performed live by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO). Entitled LACO @ ...
Mississippi's compelling A.A. Bondy performed at the Bootleg Theater last month, and memories from the show are still swirling around in my head. When The Devil's Loose is the kind ...
Patrick Day of "Young Star Maker Studio" and acting-coach-to-the-stars has brought together a talented group of actors for an upcoming performance presented by The Whole Theatre at Young Actors Space called ...
Animators Tony Benedict, Willie Ito and Jerry Eisenberg, animators, producers, storyboard artists and character developers for Hanna-Barbera, will be appearing at "The Barn," which is the performance space of The Hollywood ...
Family holidays have much in common no matter what religion they are. In The Face in the Reeds, which premiered Friday night, August 22 at the Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa ...
The Annies are in their 43rd year of celebrating Animation from around the world and commerating the best in animation. This year's proceedings started in the UCLA's Anderson Alumni Plaza, a ...
Fans of early 70s proto-punk/ power-pop have long known the pleasures of San Francisco's Flamin' Groovies. "Shake Some Action", "Slow Death" and "Teenage Head" are on the short list of ...
“Hollywood Premiere Party: The Show” at Manor on
The Annie Awards: Fast Track Prognosticator to Animation
Movie Review: “Toys in the Attic”
LACO @ the Movies: An Evening of Disney
Live Review: A.A. Bondy at Bootleg Theater 9/29/11
Beyond Therapy: Young Star Maker Studio Debuts New
Learn About the Glory Days of Hanna-Barbera Cartoon
‘The Face in the Reeds’ Premiere at the
43rd Annie Awards: A Night Of Celebration Of
Yes It’s True – Flamin’ Groovies Return to