Bobby Bendon Gets By
In an unnamed town in the Inland Empire, somewhere between the releases of Van Halens 1984 and For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, young married couple Glen (Nicholas D. Clark) and Trish (Audrey Malone) dream of Los Angeles or specifically, the oasis of Reseda, where before the baby arrives they want to buy a three-bedroom house and run into Goldie Hawn at the grocery store. The first step is getting Glens metal band, Torch, signed at next weeks Battle of the Bands. But guitarist Bobby (Liam Springthorpe), Glen and Trishs high school best friend, is having a near meltdown over the public access seductress Mamazon (Erin Anderson), who he fancies is his girlfriend, even though she hangs up whenever he calls in, looking for a date. Brian Soikas dramedy is heavy on spandex and wigs and light on dramatic thrust, though it works well as an honest, slim story about the need to be better than average at something, be it love or music. Marah Morris directs a strong ensemble who looks resplendently retro in costume designer Ayesha Mesingers Scrunchies, tube socks and torn jeans. With musicians Andy Creighton, Jonathan Hylander and Sean Johnson rocking out stage right on Torch hits like Stilettos (a CD comes in the program). Studio/Stage, 520 N. Western Ave., L.A.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m.; through October 25. firstname.lastname@example.org. (323) 320-0127.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 5 p.m. Starts: Oct. 2. Continues through Oct. 25, 2009
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