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Written by Sharr White
Review by Rose Desena
A bleak trailer park stuck in the middle of nowhere is an interesting setting for a good story; Annapurna, written by the talented Sharr White, is no exception.
Ulysses (Nick Offerman) is a sick and broke loner living in a trash filled, worn out trailer. Without notice his ex-wife of 20 years shows up with three suitcases to prepare Ulysses for the arrival of his estranged son.
I can’t think of any situation worse than this. It’s bound to be full of emotional turmoil, tears and deep anger. Personally, if I was Ulysses, I would have thrown her out the door and locked it, jumped in bed and stayed there until she left. Perhaps he couldn’t do that because the door didn’t lock and his bed was a disaster. Tough luck! Your crap life is about to get worse or maybe things just might get better.
Whatever happens next, a fervent ride as these too tormented souls try to come to terms with their deep wounds and disappointments for the sake of their son.
Nick and Megan have a great chemistry, and married to each other off-stage added to the energy of their performance. They seemed so comfortable fighting with one another digging deep into each other’s guts. Both Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally are seasoned actors with long histories in comic and dramatic television. Their talent radiates as they both deliver their lines with precision switching seamlessly between hilarious, touching and downright sadness.
The direction done by Bart DeLorenzo is flawless; his actors seemed bigger than life filling the beautifully designed stage with passion and energy, making this a very enjoyable 90 minutes. The stage design is a real treat and adds the perfect tone, thanks to Thomas A. Walsh’s genus and his large team of carpenters and set builders.
The odyssey continues to be a jewel, and it demonstrates the commitment from Ron Sossi and his whole staff. Annapurna is another stellar example of their outstanding vision of theater in Los Angeles.
Written by Sarre White
Director Bart DeLorenzo
Cast: Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman
Friday, Saturday @ 8pm Sunday@ 2pm
Wednesday and Thursday shows at 8pm, with a few exceptions so check the web site
The Odyssey Theater
2055 South Sepulveda Blvd. LA Ca. 90025