There are one great woman plays; there are bad one woman plays. Apocalypse, Not Now, staring Clara York, directed by Jane Morris is somewhere in between.
Produced by Shannon Presby for Colored Lights Productions, the play showcases stoner, alcoholic and former hand model, Clara York. This follows a sold out engagement at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Written by Clara, the show has moments of her life( as do all our characters), but it is not, I am told, auto-biographical. I'm glad for Clara's sake because the life this girl led is outrageous.
The musical accompaniment spiced up the performance and were enhanced by Clara's dancing and other gestures.
The play tells the story of how the fires in Tujunga forced the agoraphobic Clara out of her home after nine years -- only to be faced with two other natural disasters in the form of floods and mudslides. A survivor, she faced neighbors and nature and the men of Home Depot equally head on.
A comedic force, herself, the story had a definite younger feminine bias and a bit of raunchiness that the male and older audience members had a hard time relating to. It's definitely suggested for over 18 years.
Clara, obviously has more talent than what is shown in the show. She's appeared in numerous shows and indie films, and worked, herself, as a hand and fashion model, as the heroine of the story. Chicagoan York is also an adoptive mother.
She perfected the script for tonight's show, which also runs tomorrow at 7 pm, at Culver City's fantasticSalon Theatre, at the writing workshop there . The show, which runs one hour, is available for the price of $12/ticket.
Run by director Jane Morris, the Theatre, a former hair salon, has been in existence since last March. During that time, they have run three new shows.
Jane, herself from Chicago, is the co-founder of Second City ETC stage in Chicago. She has taught improvisation for the Second City and her own venues for the past 30 years. Along with her husband, Jeff Michalski, they have owned and operated the UpFront Comedy and the Comedy Underground in Santa Moninca.
The next show to open (November 11th) is Ramsey Brown's solo show, "Oohh LaLa."
If you are interested in writing and performing your own work, the fantasticSalon's workshop meeting Wednesday nights from 7-10 pm and the cost is $100/month. For information on this, call 310 622 2046.
As the title says, Apocalypse? Not now.
For future performances contact Clara at [email protected]
Reservations for the show can be had at 800 838 3066 or through www.brownpapertickets.com/event205525.