Interesting and innovative theater forthcoming |

Interesting and innovative theater forthcoming

The Off Center Stage at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley was christened recently with the FUBAR Theater company’s performances of “Black Comedy” by Peter Shaffer and “Ventriloquism Made Easy” by Grass Valley playwright John Sandoval.

The black-box theater is a great small space made versatile by two movable platform stages. We saw the first play at one end of the room, took an intermission for coffee and cookies, then turned our chairs around and saw the other play at the other end of the room.

“Black Comedy” is a “madcap farce,” and Erin Beckham-Smith’s rendering of Miss Furnival, the drunken lady in the turban, is pretty funny. The drama “Ventriloquism Made Easy” is terrific. It consists entirely of a dialogue between a drunken woman who has spent the night passed out in the lady’s room of a bar (Marion Jeffery) and the male custodian who arrives in the wee hours of the morning to clean up (Justin Ove).

FUBAR is a brand new acting company giving its first performances and directed by Alexi Bonifield. It looks like some very interesting innovative theater will be forthcoming this season in Grass Valley.

Gail Entrekin

Nevada City

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