Sept. – Oct. 1992
Playwright & Director : Michael T. Weiss
Eddie De Harp (L.A. Story, 1991; The Beverly Hillbillies, 1993)
Stacey Katzin (When Harry met Sally, 1989)
Lee Mathis (‘Jon Hanley’ in General Hospital, 1994-96)
At the Met Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029 Till Oct. 10, 1992, Fridays — Saturdays 8pm. Running time: 1:10 hours
Review by Ray Loynd, LA Times / Stage Beat: “Streams” —
‘Streams’: Sketches with some good lines.Urban anxiety, scattered over a wider landscape, is also dramatized in “Streams of Consciousness” at the Met Theatre. Written and directed by Michael T. Weiss, the show spotlights eight solo characters talking to a person we can’t see, about such subjects as video dating, thinness as a state of happiness and a wife’s yearning to be glamorous.
In its present form, “Streams” is a collection of loosely intertwined sketches looking for a structure — a regular play wouldn’t be bad — in order to hit home as something more than a stack of auditions. But Weiss writes good lines — even, sometimes, in those frequent moments when he’s engaged in the dubious artifice of rhymed couplets. Among the “streams” that brightly burble are Eddie DeHarp’s stinging rendition of a dedicated actor brushed off at an audition, Stacey Katzin’s depiction of a character desperate to lose weight and Lee Mathis’ philosophical construction worker high on a roof beam pondering metaphysics. Narrow pools of light moodily enhance the performances.
“Streams of Consciousness,” Met Theatre, 1098 N. Oxford Ave., Los Angeles. Fridays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Ends Oct. 10. $5-$7.50. (660) 8587. Running time: 1 hour, 10 minutes.