6476 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Like the titular Italian dessert, this compilation of three one-act comedies features three different flavors. In the solo piece "Booby Prize," writer-performer Lizzie Czerner brings a Tracey Ullman-like flamboyance to the tale of a woman cursed and blessed with a very buxom figure, which brings her both ridicule and lascivious short-term attention but no long-term relationships -- until she discovers that there's a place in the world for busty women with low self-esteem. Rebekah Walendzak directs. "Daddy Didn't Die, Did He?" is set at the funeral of a Southern patriarch, and features writer-actors Will Matthews and Casey Christensen playing a gaggle of predatory, mercenary characters, including the deceased's scatterbrained widow, his three competitive children, his Southern-belle housekeeper and a frantic funeral director. The actors juggle multiple roles with speed and versatility, aided by director Jeffrey Addiss. Another solo piece, Keaton Talmadge's "Define: dif-fer-ent," is about a straight woman who's thoroughly disconcerted to find herself attracted to a lesbian -- until she discovers that gay relations can be as disillusioning as straight ones. Talmadge (who inherited her first name from grandfather Buster Keaton) is a hip, skillful and attractive performer, ably shepherded by director Kelleia Sheerin. RANT/L.A. Theatre at the Complex, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd.; Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., through Sept. 21. (No perfs. Aug. 30-31.) (323) 960-1054, plays411.com/spumoni.
Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: Aug. 9. Continues through Sept. 21, 2013