L.A.’s alfresco launch was staged two nights later, on and around the Music Center plaza in CTG’s site-specific presentation, which was directed by Bart DeLorenzo. In L.A., the quality of acting didn’t compare to that of New York, while the huge outdoor settings and the requirement of having several hundred viewers trudge to various locales trumped delicacy of interpretation. This was a carnival mostly about the atmosphere. Some audience members complained about not being able to see, and therefore having no idea what these plays were about. The larger question is whether the energy of the launch is enough to sustain the event for a year. Much will depend on how the next few theaters handle their seven plays — such are the gambles of democracy in action.
365 DAYS/365 PLAYS| By SUZAN-LORI PARKS | Week Two presented by OPEN FIST THEATRE, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd. | Nov. 21-25 | (323) 882-6912 | Week Three presented by PLAYWRIGHTS’ ARENA at LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE MASTER, 10931 Santa Monica Blvd., W.L.A. | Wed., Nov. 29, 8 p.m. | (213) 627-4437 | Week Four presented by ELEPHANT ASYLUM THEATRE, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd. | Dec. 5-9 | (323) 962-0046. For further information on local productions, visit www.365inla.com. For national information, visit www.365Days365Plays.com.