Kerr Package is a program of one-acts by Kerr Seth Lordygan, the best of which is
entitled List, directed by Kevin Fabian. In it, a married couple, Georgie and
Rendell, make a list of celebrities they give each other permission to sleep with.
Georgie’s list includes Steve Carell and George Clooney, while Rendell selects
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Charlize Theron, and a fictitious rock star named Lana
Lenore. When Rendell happens to meet the sexy (and available) Lana, he
makes good on their agreement, only to find that Georgie cannot forgive him.
List moves quickly and cinematically from scene to scene, makes good points
about the differences between the ways men and women regard love and sex,
and could easily be expanded into a full-length one act or even two act play.
Kylie Delre and Kevin Blake are excellent actors who give believable
performances as Rendell and Georgie, and Rachel Castillo has the right sexy
looks and “whatever” attitude to bring Lana to sultry life. Mason Halberg and
Bob Simpson also score in supporting roles, and share a great “surprise!” moment.
The Hit, directed by Julie Bermel, tells of a retired hitman who is offered a huge
sum of cash to make one last hit. Though the situation may be seen as
contrived, due to the identity of the prospective client’s prospective victim, The
Hit is notable for the absolutely sensational performance of Blake as Stan, the
hitman. Blake’s fiery, volatile hitman is so viscerally real that it seems incredible
that this is the same actor who just minutes before had embodied a good-
natured (albeit cheating) husband. Jason Britt and Rebecca Lane have good
moments as Stan’s prospective client and his twice-a-week hooker.
Two Jews and a Ham, directed byJoel Rieck, is a cute though minor comedy
about a ditzy woman next door who brings her Orthodox Jewish neighbors a
ham on Shabbat. Jody Fasanella and especially Marc Segal do good work as
the couple, and Aurora Nibley is cute as the neighbor who thinks that “kosher’’ is
a nationality. Most interesting in this one-act is Fasanella and Segal’s discussion
of religion, the former seeing the Torah as the absolute word of God and the
latter believing that it should provide food for thought and allow for doubt and
The final play, Deceaseport, directed by Heather Holloway, is a weird fantasy
piece about a murder victim and a bunch of masked and poorly dressed
characters she meets in what may be the afterlife. It has an appropriately
spooky sound design.
The Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd., North Hollywood.
January 13, 2008