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Pompeii, L.A.



An intense representation of the tragic life of a child actor, Pompeii, L.A. delivers a poignant, but sometimes confusing production. The show is presented to us in two parts, and recreates a feeling of a fractured mind, as it has us constantly asking “who are these people in front of us?” It becomes clear that what initially appears to be reality is anything but. The production repeatedly makes use of the destructive imagery of a volcanic eruption in multiple ways, each more revealing and darker as the production moves towards it’s sorrowful climax. The story does not have a happy ending, leaving you covered in the dust from the apocalyptic fallout of an aged-out child actor, unceremoniously spit out from the Hollywood meat grinder. Reality is mercifully revealed to us when the unnamed child actor awakes in a hospital following a horrific car crash. Aided by The Mamas & The Papas song "California Dreamin’" the show races to a quick ending. Pompeii, L.A. finishes far from where it started, and at the very end there’s a strange scene where the President of the United States visits a now unconscious actor and takes a selfie with him. It almost feels unnatural and out of place, and the symbolism of the action seems tacked on. Although Pompeii is very well written, and is delivered to us by an incredibly talented cast, you may need to watch it twice to catch everything. Reviewed by Josh Winfield.


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3.5/ 5

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  • 11:59 pm - 2017/08/17
  • 2:30 pm - 2017/08/20
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    Apocalyptic play with themes of natural disaster and political cover up. The acting and production values are good, but the script is weak with discontinuity, gratuitous references to dead celebrities, and poorly executed avant-gardism

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