"In England, rich kids have 'gap years.' It means they take a year off, and just travel for a year, either before or after college. Prince William did it!" These are the words that open the critically acclaimed, one-woman show Bonnie in Brighton, about a Texas girl's adventures in a British seaside town. After being staged in England, the show had its U.S. premiere as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. It was such a hit that the run was extended, and tonight is the last chance to see it. As Bonnie, Erin Parks' award-winning performance is marked by startling moments of emotion. The canny script and clever direction are by Guy Picot. "It deals with some scary subjects but hopefully not in a scary way," Picot says. "I'd like anyone who sees the show to get a passport and use it. It's the only way you can find out what it's like to be a foreigner." Some in Hollywood believe that Bonnie has what it takes to be made into an indie film. But don't wait for that to happen; go this evening to experience it live. Theatre Asylum (Lab), 6320 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.; Sun., Aug. 15, 7 p.m., $10. (323) 962-1632.
Sun., Aug. 15, 7 p.m., 2010