Histrionics

This slate of one-acts, based on recorded events, is told through characters forgotten by history. The idea is intriguing, but the end results are far from satisfactory. The dazzling performance of Leigh Anne Goodoff is the only thing that stands out in Michael McKeever's "Laura Keene Goes On." She skillfully channels an egotistical, out-of-sorts thespian backstage on the night of Lincoln's assassination. Ken Brisbois directs his own, very funny "Sticks & Stones," in which a pair of convicts (Scott Rognlien and Rob Smith) shares humorous reflections and much agony while hanging on their crosses, awaiting the arrival of J.C. Rognlien directs Sean Presant's "A D-day at the Beach." Here, as elsewhere on the bill, silliness and dull humor pervade: A pair of clueless Brits (Maia Peters and Jason Frost) holidays at Normandy during the historic invasion by Allied forces. Owen Hammer's puerile "Primitive Peoples" finds Ali Khan as a Meso-American chief whose idyllic life is threatened by the arrival of Europeans and an alien. Pilgrims and Indians share a meal and vapid conversation in Maggie Bandur's "More White Meat," directed by Stuart Meltzer. Here, Khan is quite funny as a native with a surprising strain of sophistication. Lounge Theater, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; through Nov. 30. (323) 805-9355.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Nov. 28-30, 8 p.m. Starts: Nov. 7. Continues through Nov. 22, 2008


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