7657 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Region: West Hollywood
Playwright Andrea Kuchlewska combines unlikely ingredients in her comedy: an est-like training program for self-realization, the art/science of linguistics and a stormy love affair involving a pair of obsessive linguists. Eve (Meredith Bishop) and Micah (Scott Kruse) may be experts in the arts of language, but that doesn't mean they can communicate. He has been trying for ages to tell her that he loves her, but she refuses to acknowledge that anything but love of language unites them -- and she never stops talking. In desperation, he signs up for a course with "take control of your life" guru Jack (Scott Victor Nelson) in the hopes that it will enable him to confess his love. But Eve has an intense love-hate relationship with the program, so it becomes one more obstacle. Also present is a little girl named Evie (Tess Oswalt), who may or may not be a childhood incarnation of Eve. The play is always interesting and fun to watch, and director Jennifer Chambers keeps the comedy in the forefront, but the insistently nonlinear structure sometimes proves distracting. Credibility also is an issue. Eve is such a fanatic, intellectual bully and egocentric blabbermouth that one wonders why Micah bothers. Produced by Racquel Lehrman, Theatre Planners and Wilder Theatrics at the Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave., W. Hlywd.; Thurs,-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. (Sun, March 24, 2 p.m., no eve perf); through March 30. (323) 960-7822, plays411.com/complete.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m. Starts: Feb. 22. Continues through March 23, 2013