‘Rainbow Bridge’ A Comedy About a Mother, a Sister and a Dog


Photo by Ed Krieger

‘Rainbow Bridge’ directed by Mike Myers and written by Ron Nelson is a new comedy now playing at Santa Monica’s Ruskin Theatre.

When the play opens, we meet Jerry (Paul Schackman) a lawyer who is at his vet, Dr. Klein’s (Jaimi Paige) office, to put his ailing dog, Charley to sleep. Dr. Klein, however, seems more interested in seducing Jerry than euthanizing his pet. However, in all fairness to her, she does get Jerry to read a poem entitled ‘The Rainbow Bridge’ out loud to Charlie. The Rainbow Bridge is where all pets go after they die. Supposedly it’s also the place where we will meet up with them after we leave the planet.  After Jerry finishes the poem, he tells Charlie he loves him and that he was a very good dog.

Unfortunately for Jerry, by reading the poem, he has brought his angry sister, Amanda (Mary Carrig) and his nasty, nagging mother, Lois (Lynne Marie Stewart) back from the dead. His sister had shot herself to death and his mother died when she slipped on Amanda’s blood. At the same time, Dr. Klein is coming onto Jerry hot and heavy, even though he lets her know that he’s happily married to his wife, Karen (Emily Jerez) and would never cheat on her.

If that’s not enough for Jerry to handle, his over-the-top obnoxious mother informs him that the only way she’ll leave is if he kills her husband’s mistress, Harriet (Mouchette Van Helsdingen), who suffers from dementia.

After non-stop badgering from his mother, Jerry realizes he has no choice but to come up with a plan to kill Harriet.  It includes Dr. Klein giving him the drugs to do the job and hiring his arsonist client, Theodore (I. Emille Thomas) to burn down Harriet’s house to cover up the crime.

‘Rainbow Bridge’ is what I would call a ‘light’ comedy. There are lots of very funny lines, and you will be entertained. However, this isn’t a play that you will remember once the curtain goes down. For me, the strongest character is the sister Amanda. She is the only one that really goes through a profound change.

Tickets are $25, students, Guild Members and Seniors $20.00.  For reservations call 310-397-3244 or go to the website. The play runs Fridays & Saturdays 8:00 pm and Sundays: 2:00pm. until September 17, 2017. ‘The Ruskin Theatre is located at 3000 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica CA 90405.

Joan Alperin

About Joan Alperin

Joan was born in Brooklyn and spent many years working as an actress in New York City. Even though she traveled extensively, Joan couldn't imagine living anywhere else.. Well one day, she met someone at a party who regaled her with stories about living in L. A. specifically Topanga Canyon. A few weeks later she found herself on an airplane bound for Los Angeles. Joan immediately fell in love with the town and has been living here for the last twenty years and yes, she even made it to Topanga Canyon, where she now resides, surrounded by nature, deer, owls and all kinds of extraordinary alien creatures.. Joan continued acting, but for the last several years (besides reviewing plays and film) she has been writing screenplays. Joan was married to a filmmaker who created the cult classic films, (way before she knew him) Faces of Death. As a result of his huge following, they created a funny movie review show entitled Two Jews on Film, where Joan and her husband, John would review movies and rate them with bagels You can see their reviews by going to youtube.com/twojewsonfilm. Although it's now only one Jew - Joan is occasionally joined by her beautiful Pekingnese and Japanese Chin.
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