From friend Christopher Meeks
Our fantastic friend and supporter Christopher Meeks sent this to the folks on his newsletter list. He's an award-winning novelist and playwright, and we're so honored to hear his thoughts on Walking the Tightrope. Thank you!
Mark Bramhall and Paige Lindsey White in Walking the Tightrope
In the 90’s as a theatre critic for Daily Variety, I saw a new play nearly every week. It really honed my abilities to critique and to write on deadline. It was also a great education for story structure, and it built my love for theatre. As a critic, I learned to buzz in and out of any theatre to keep my objectivity.
However, after seeing a pair of stunning plays at the Odyssey Theatre by Debbie Devine and Jay McAdams, I had to meet them. Devine directed the plays, McAdams acted in them, and they wrote them together (if I remember right). I loved their passion--and they were also married to each other. We became friends, and in 1997, Debbie ended up directing my play Who Lives? at their newly opened 24th Street Theatre at 24th and Hoover near USC.
Now in their 15th year, they have a new play that will knock your socks off. It’s stunning and called Walking the Tightrope by British playwright Mike Kenny, directed by Devine and produced by McAdams. It’s a story about a little girl visiting her grandparents one summer week, and how her world is transformed. It was so great, I brought friends to it the next weekend—and it still made me gasp. The play only performs on Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30, and children can (and should) go. As Jay tells the audience, “Think of it as adult theatre for children, or children’s theatre for adults.” It’s been extended through May 18th.
CRITIC’S CHOICE Los Angeles Times “Walking the Tightrope at 24th Street Theatre delivers the evocative, cathartic goods.”
LA WEEKLY Go! Pick Of The Week! “Richly evocative, director Debbie Devine's heartfelt production is touching and truthful...”Ovation Recommended
“This is theater at its best, a wonderful, tear-filled evening for all ages that should not be missed.” --Huffington Post “... breathtaking and transcendent”--Bitter Lemons
“Walking The Tightrope strikes a perfect balance and soars to theatrical perfection” --STAGE & CINEMA
“... something incredibly special.” --BACKSTAGE
“24th Street Theatre and its new Lab24 are nothing short of exalting, and Walking the Tightrope is not a step shy of beautiful.” --The Examiner
Walking the Tightrope only until May 18th!