Hollywood, 1960. The Golden Age of the big studio is nearing an end, with the conglomerates waiting to pounce and take over. But this is a town that was put on the map by shining stars, magical people with faces and figures we shouldn't quite forget. One such person is Constance Rattigan, still beautiful, aging but not faded (not for a while yet), with a shape molded by a regular regimen of ocean swimming. In other words, she's still inspiring. She's also convinced that somebody wants her dead, so she is fleeing in terror of her life.
The writer-hero of "Let's All Kill Constance" has a pack of chums who are aiding him in his attempt to locate Constance before a horrible death overtakes her. His pals include Elmo Crumley, a hard-drinking private dick; Blind Henry (the name describes him); and movie director Fritz Wong (a character based on two real Bradbury friends the late Fritz Lang and James Wong Howe).
Produced for Ray Bradbury's Pandemonium Theatre Company by Ray Bradbury, Thomas Petipas and Mindy Brandt.
Ray Bradbury most commonly known for his works of science fiction writes a first-rate mystery play in "Let's All Kill Constance". Chuck full of fun, eccentric and recognizable characters, twists, turns, and Old Hollywood flair.
Alan Neal Hubbs skillfully directs this intriguing; who done it? Long associated with Bradbury's work, Hubbs directed the very first stage adaptation of "The Martian Chronicles" in 1971. Last Year, he directed "Something Wicked this Way Comes", the inaugural show at Edgemar Center for the Arts. Also an actor, he appeared in "BRADBURY: Past, Present & Future" at the Court Theatre in 2002.
This is a delightful play adapted from the Bradbury novel published in 2003. Full of flamboyant characters and plot twists that keep you guessing, "Let's All Kill Constance" is sure to become a theater classic and is a must see for any Bradbury, theater, mystery, or "Old Hollywood" fans.
Running now through May 22, 2004.
Location: The Court Theatre, 72 . La Cienega Blvd. (north of Melrose Ave), West Hollywood
Showtimes: Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.
Admission: $25. Sutdents and seniors, $15. Preview $10.
Reservastions and Information: 1 800 595 4849
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