Glendale College's Student Magazine
Tuesday June 27th 2017

“Cockroach Dialogues” at Hollywood Fringe Festival

IMG_5702It’s all about survival, right? Well, for young humans survival is a little more complex than simple existence.  “Cockroach Dialogues,” the latest offering from Second Skin Theater, takes a look at hunger – physical so-broke-you-can’t-feed-yourself hunger as well as the “yearning for Hollywood success” variety – and concludes that cockroaches of both the human and insect varieties know a lot about that gnawing in the gut, if only we would listen.

Tea, in a heartbreaking performance by Kate Poisson, is a lovely singer-songwriter who has fallen into depression. Her boyfriend Wayne, an aspiring actor played by Mark Binet, is on the verge of a major breakthrough – maybe. In the meantime, he’s getting advice from an unexpected source. Demetris Hartman, in a hilarious performance as a giant sentient (possibly imaginary) talking roach, makes his position perfectly clear; he just wants to eat.  Do Tea and Wayne have the talent and drive to be top-feeders in Hollywood? The roach doesn’t think so, but you can’t eat dreams. Jay Lawrence Kiman, as wonderfully creepy Bob, is certain that Tea has what it takes – but at what cost?

Hollywood Fringe shines a light into dark corners that might be best left unexplored, but “Cockroach Dialogues,” written by William Whitehurst and directed by Andy McQuade is simply delightful. It is at turns funny and grave. It’s thought-provoking and dynamic with solid performances and witty dialogue.  Talent? Luck? Who cares! Where’s the food?

Final shows June 19 at 9:00 p.m. and June 25 at 11:30 p.m.

About Jane Pojawa
Jane Pojawa is a Southern California-based print media editor/writer who also dabbles in web design. She has served as editor-in-chief for the Insider since its debut issue in 2008.

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