Sunday, July 31, 2005

The Intern Flyer 1

My sister Moira is getting great reviews in this play in L.A. Check it out.

In this era of harpoon politics, Jon Cellini’s new morality play — a stage amalgam of The Candidate and Fatal Attraction — may or may not infuriate Dems with its implication that politicians with socially conscious principles can be just as thuggish as any Roveian warrior. While running for a Senate seat, Bud Rex (David Haydn Jones) falls for his smart, sassy intern (Beth Anne Garrison), who, when the political heat starts to rise, won’t go away. Until she really goes away, and the FBI starts investigating. The tension comes from watching Bud squirm while we figure out what he knows, and what he doesn’t, about the young woman’s disappearance. Across this well-trod turf, Stuart Rogers’ direction of a captivating ensemble makes Cellini’s theme (about how in politics the law of convenience supersedes the rule of law) seem almost fresh. See Theater feature next week. Theater Tribe, 5267 Lankershim Blvd., N. Hlywd.; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; thru Aug. 27. (866) 811-4111. Written 07/29/2005 (Steven Leigh Morris)

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