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Free Copy of Low Tech Available on Amazon

January 28, 2014 Leave a comment

My Ebook LOW TECH is available today and tomorrow for free on Amazon.  Please download your copy and if you could leave a review afterwards. Low Tech

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IndieReader.com gives “Tales From Little Lump” a great review

January 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Tales From Little Lump: Alien Season

By Jeff Folschinsky

★★★☆☆

IR Verdict: TALES FROM LITTLE LUMP: ALIEN SEASON is a highly readable, even witty story perfect for a camp side get-together.

Book ReviewseBooksFictionHumorScience Fiction  •  Jan 25, 2014

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This fast paced, amusing story takes place entirely in the confines of a small convenience store in Little Lump, Texas. As the title implies, however, the characters in this tale range far beyond the shop’s run of the mill occupants:There is a fisherman behaving very oddly, there are flying saucers, invisible alien ambassadors, and before all is said and done the US Army gets involved.

At the center of all this commotion, Aunt Gerdie, owner of the Gas n’ Sip, exudes southern twang. Her narrative voice is peppered with unique expressions: “Well, I’ll be buggered by a bear.” Gerdie’s worldview makes large allowances for the absurd and the ridiculous. This is why the craziness of extraterrestrial visitation leaves her unphased: “Everybody gets a chance for a little crazy dance,” she says. “And I guess it was my turn to cha-cha.” She responds in kind to whatever the world throws at her. Gerdie is the matron of a small family in a small town.

Many of the townsfolk are not what she would think of as “mental giants.” She puts up with them with a unique combination of cruelty and kindness. “Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind,” is her oft-repeated motto. She is compassionate, yet she heavily dispenses cutting remarks to those around her. Her attitude borders on the toxic and the mean, yet she redeems herself in moments of tenderness and love for her family, especially her dead husband.

TALES FROM LITTLE LUMP: ALIEN SEASON is a highly readable, even witty story perfect for a camp side get-together.

Reviewed by Ben Streeter for IndieReader

 

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The Los Angeles Beat Review of “We’re No Heroes.”

January 23, 2014 Leave a comment

Eclectic Company Theatre’s “We’re No Heroes”: Not for Chickens, but a Satanist, a Vampire and a Toilet Snake DO make an Appearance!

Art Work Courtesy of Eclectic Company Theatre

Art Work Courtesy of Eclectic Company Theatre

It is 8:45 pm on a Friday night on Laurel Canyon Blvd.  I sit in front of the Eclectic Company Theatre, awaiting its evening of original monologues, staring giddily across the street at Shakey’s and wonder why I am attending a play that starts so late (and why it starts so late).  I DO NOT wonder why I’m not over at Shakey’s. (Though its namesake makes me giggle most emphatically, my last visit was a close encounter of the more than dyspeptic kind and at this point, I’m going to leave it at that…)

I enter the lobby only to be greeted by fellow Eclectic Company Theatre member Laura.  She informs me that, had I not obtained a press pass, the cost of tonight’s performance would have been, “pay what you can”.  Moreover wine is free and I can help myself. Wellll,don’t mind if I do…  I am enjoying this production already…

The presentation’s pre-show music sports all tunes 80s; Gary Neuman, The Cars, oh…and Moon (Unit) Zappa’s “Valley Girl”.  Talk about an elapsed blast from the past!  What I would give to hear it converted into a monologue; “Yakkin’ to the Max”.

‘I’m sooo shure I’m gonna talk funny for five minutes and argue that I’m not talkin’ funny…’

Photo Courtesy of Chelsea Sutton for Eclectic Company Theatre

Photo Courtesy of Chelsea Sutton for Eclectic Company Theatre

But I shall not be graced with this possibility and it’s probably for the best, as the evening’s monologues were written by members of Eclectic Voices, Eclectic Company Theatre’s writer alliance and, aside from tonight’s pre-show jammage, Moon Unit never really much scanned on their radar—I’m so shure…

The music diminishes and we brace (the writers in particular) for our first monologue, “Writer’s Block” by Mark Bate.  Oh the irony!  Endearingly comedic, gap-toothed actor Paul Duffy enters in the direction of a desk with nothing on it (though we are probably supposed to use our imaginations and envision a computer or some sort of typing device).

“Why, why is this happening?  I don’t understand why I’m having such problems with my writing,” he bellyaches as I let out a vociferous guffaw, not only at the comedic delivery but the overly expository tenor of the introductory line.  Duffy then goes on to lament all possible distractions not currently available to him, “The Internet’s out, the library’s closed.  Why are there so many holidays?”  He calls his wife, ostensibly in the adjacent room, several times but she never answers because well…we are watching an evening ofmonologues.

Enjoyable as Duffy’s performance is, I can’t help but wish there were more specifics in this piece, i.e. what exactly he does for a living, how his wife feels about these illiterate jags and, most importantly, what—what is he writing?  What if it was something really weird like a shopper’s guide or an IKEA Instruction manual?  “Hell, even I don’t find this chair comfortable.  How am I going to make the description believable to the furniture consuming public, let alone depict how it all goes together?—I’m a fraud I tellya—afraud!!!”

Photo Courtesy of Chelsea Sutton for Eclectic Company Theatre

Photo Courtesy of Chelsea Sutton for Eclectic Company Theatre

The next monologue that really catches my attention is “Linda” by Laura Lee Bahr performed in a most touching and sincere manner by Carolyn Wilson as a woman scorned by a cheating husband, redeeming herself through vintage commerce. “He brought her to my home to shove my face in it.  [But that’s when I invented] ‘Herstory’:  Clothes and objects that meant something…some stories would make them more valuable …touching Herstory and her things … That store became my life …a boutique for the precious and precocious …from Emily Dickinson’s writing box to the rocks in the pockets of Virginia Wolfe …there is so much pain in this world but it doesn’t mean it has to be bad…”

“Just the Three of Us” by Ken Patton explores the relationship of a man and two women.  Fatefully thrown together via the same high school class schedule year after year, destiny has converted this happenstance into a lifelong friendship.  The monologue opens just before all three are about to meet at a bar after many years.  The male of the trio, played rivetingly by Fuz Edwards, recounts their lives up until now; their most recent challenges and tragedies all the while affirming that they will always be each other’s constants, particularly after one of the trio’s women has recently lost half her family to suicide.  But will they form a family of their own in the most 21st Century of traditions after this evening?  “Tonight all we need, all we’ll ever need is just the three of us…”

In “Random Acts of Randomness” by Jeff Folschinsky, a hilariously Southern-drawled Tyler Tanner waxes stoically incredulous that poisonous snakes that slither through sewer pipes, into toilet bowls are not mythical animals like “alligators in the sewers or Republican Socialism”.

Photo Courtesy of Chelsea Sutton for Eclectic Company Theatre

Photo Courtesy of Chelsea Sutton for Eclectic Company Theatre

“My cousin found Aunt Jenny sittin’ on the toilet …with a surprised look on her face (though that’s a common occurrence) dead as a doornail.  …Truth be told, I felt sorry for the snake.  Aunt Jenny was on a high fiber diet.”  This monologue provided for the hardest laugh I had all night.  Folschinsky’s writing, as always, never disappoints.

Why is it the sauce, lettuce and tomato on a fast food sandwich never line up right?—And why…why is it they almost never spread the “special sauce” on the bun for most optimal absorption and then stack the tomato on top of a convex leaf of crisp lettuce?  This is exactly what actress Sarah Allyn Bauer contemplates in Chelsea Sutton’s humorous and thought provoking “The Graveyard Shift”.  In the midst of working the 3 am shift at a fast food drive up window, Bauer frustratedly reassesses her twenty-nine-year-old, scholastically indebted, existence whilst stifling a screaming fit adjacent to the deep fat fryer.  Feeling stuck between two buns, she stops just short of that while marshaling all hope and resourcefulness.  As a start, she also decides she will stack the ingredients on her sandwiched creations any way she sees fit, despite what the corporate manual dictates, “Bottom bun, secret sauce, tomato, lettuce, top bun!”

Photo Courtesy of Chelsea Sutton for Eclectic Company Theatre

Photo Courtesy of Chelsea Sutton for Eclectic Company Theatre

Other monologues include, “Well Said” by Taylor Ashbrook, performed by Ann Simmons wherein a woman who thinks she has nothing to say, at least not effectively, may, by default of above said monologue, have just disproved her point. “The Reluctant Satanist” examines a newly ordained acolyte’s, played humorously by Sean M. Kozma, frustration at the hypocrisy and inaccuracy at some of the terms, definitions and traditions surrounding devil summoning as he attempts to conjure said entity himself—albeit extremely wishy washily.  In “The New Pilgrims” by Niki Blumberg, played by Taylor Ashbrook a newly hyped housing development in Baja California may not be the paradise it’s cracked up to be.  “Magic Necro” by Sean M. Kozma features a very cute and dreamy vampire-type-creature played refreshingly matter-of-factly by Jonathon Trent attempting to discredit ridiculous stereotypes about his species.  Really, they’re just like you and me…

The remaining dates for “We’re no Heroes” are Friday, January 24th and Saturday January 25th at 9 pm (zombie time).  The entire program runs about an hour and ten minutes.  There is no intermission.  It is performed at the Eclectic Company Theatre; 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd. (between Chandler and Magnolia—right across from the gag-inducing Shakey’s), Valley Village, CA 91607. For reservations please call (818) 508-3003.

www.eclecticcompanytheatre.org

Categories: Eclectic Voices

WE’RE NO HEROES reviewed by ACCESSIBLY LIVE

January 20, 2014 Leave a comment
WereNoHeroes
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Week of January 20th, 2014
Vol. 19-No. 3  ——————————————————————————————————————————————–
NEWS AND REVIEWS
     The Eclectic Company Theater presents WE’RE NO HEROES, a production of nine sets of single person monologues that speak about a number of particular subjects.

Nine separate performers appear speaking upon a few topics, such as a writer who becomes distracted due to writer’s block, a post modern vampire explains the low down on some of the misimpressions on the titled subject, a baby boomer woman living in a resort community in a coastal Mexico town, a woman on the tribulations of working late nights at a fast food joint, a marginally successful Satanist at his craft, and other motifs that make up this unique series of mini-plays.

A cast of these nine performers tally toward this presentation, featuring (as listed in the order of appearance): Paul Duffy, Ann Simmons, Sean M. Kozma, Carolyn Wilson, Fuz Edwards, Tyler Tanner, Taylor Ashbrook, Jonathon Trent, and Sarah Allyn Baur, speak the words as written by (again, in their appearing order), Mark Bate, Taylor Ashbrook, Tyler Tanner, Laura Lee Bahr, Ken Patton, Jeff Folschinsky, Niki Blumberg, Sean M. Kozma, and Chelsea Sutton.

This showcase comes from the writing talents belonging to the Eclectic Voices group, consisting of those that desire to write stage pieces that are new and unmatched, bringing such skills into the art of spoken word works.
     The show’s visuals here are basic; few props with no backgrounds to speak of. It’s the voices and performers that are its real stars. It’s a genuine “less is more” stage piece, with a heavy emphasis on the “more”. It’s for those that prefer their theater simple and served in bite size morsels, as this preference will do its trick in fullness.
 
     WE’RE NO HEROES, presented by Eclectic Voices, and performs at the Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Valley Village, until January 25th. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday nights at 9:00 PM. For reservations and information, call (818) 508-3003
Visit Eclectic Voices at http://www.EclecticVoices.org