By Catherine Wagley
By Channing Sargent
By L.A. Weekly critics
By Amanda Lewis
By Catherine Wagley
By Carol Cheh
By Keegan Hamilton
By Bill Raden
Her hubby, patronizing Bri, is a living monument to unwitting, condescending pedantry, revealing why so many marriages, based on such blind attempts at controlling another person and some understandably devious responses to it, lead to duplicitous affairs. But this is more than a domestic drama. Mousy Lil's pregnancy and Sis' cynicism are allegories for hope and hopelessness at odds with each other.
Ric Zimmerman lights the stage almost entirely from the side with washes of clinical white, where the intensity of the light matches the intensity of the characters' revelatory frustration. Director Caitlin Hart knows exactly what she's doing, and why.
The description of writer-performer Steve Mize's solo show, Life, Audited, arouses the hope that his story — a struggling actor/waiter/collector of unemployment who gets audited by the IRS the first time he hires an accountant — will be a funny yarn about a David prevailing over the tax-service Goliath. That hope is only partly realized in this production at Theatre Asylum directed by Rafeal Clements.
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Mize kept all his receipts — he was accused of declaring unauthorized expenses — and his scenes of meetings with the IRS agent, his descriptions of stereotypes of bureaucracy and aspects of his life-consuming ordeal that defy these stereotypes, strike nerves of terror and humor, in that order. But the premise of how the audit showed him aspects of his life he hadn't been aware of starts to test patience — partly because the premise wears out, but mainly because self-realization isn't half as entertaining as one man's war against the IRS.
PHILOSOPHY IN THE BOUDOIR | Adapted by Rodolfo García Vázquez from the novel by Marquis de Sade | Presented by Os Satyros (Brazil), in association with Combined Artform | Theatre Asylum, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd. | June 14 & 27, 8:30 p.m.; June 15, 19, 20, 25, 10 p.m.; June 16, 7 p.m.; June 17, 9 p.m.; June 22 & 28, 11:45 p.m.; June 24 & 29, 10:30 p.m. | hollywoodfringe.org/projects/1240
WHITE HOT | By Tommy Smith | Presented by The Vagrancy at Theatre Asylum, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd. | June 15 & 18, 10 p.m.; June 25 & 28, 7 p.m. | hollywoodfringe.org/projects/1230
LIFE, AUDITED | Written and performed by Steve Mize | Theatre Asylum, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd. | June 14, 7 p.m.; June 16, 11:30 a.m.; June 22, 5:30 p.m.; June 26, 8:30 p.m.; June 30, 1 p.m. | hollywoodfringe.org/projects/1289