At first it's annoying but eventually it seems fitting that Jon Courie's 90-minute play should so resemble a sitcom. Set in a dreary North Hollywood apartment, the play gouges away at the cult of celebrity by depicting the psychotic behavior of an aging house-cleaner, Ru (Barbara Keegan), a former Hollywood bit player who aches to return to the screen. At issue is her mentally unhinged adult daughter, Lo (Jesse Holcomb), a former kiddie star and current depressive. Enter a boarder (Diana Wright), a marginally talented standup whose TV career soars, bringing into stark counterpoint the searing hideousness of the mother's desperation. Think The House of Blue Leaves. "My daughter is mentally ill," she announces, when it's clear, largely from Holcomb's tender performance, that Lo is the sanest character in this cauldron of vanity. Nice turn also by Barry Gordon as the apartment manager/resident porn producer, under Deborah Geffner's direction. Purple Turtle Productions.
Sat., July 7, 8 p.m.; Sun., July 8, 4 p.m.; Sat., July 14, 8 p.m.; Sun., July 15, 4 p.m.; Sat., July 21, 8 p.m.; Sun., July 22, 4 p.m., 2012