Monday, April 24, 2006

Love & Revenge

Forgive the blurry photo, please. I snapped it from the mezzanine at the Lucille Lortel Theatre tonight following a benefit show for the LAByrinth Theater Company called "Love & Revenge." It was "curated by" playwright John Patrick Shanley (Doubt), who showed up in a funky artist outfit: jeans, green sport jacket, loose red tie and playing-card T-shirt. He's the gray-haired guy just to the left of the woman in the yellow slicker. The evening was, to use his words, "an insane boulubaise" that somehow managed to entertain, a variety show if you will. Shanley wrote all the skits, and, I guess, chose all the love-in-strife songs, like "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" and "Live and Let Die." One of the highlights of the evening was getting to hear the singing of young cabaret star Maude Maggart, who, as Jonathan Schwartz always likes to remind us, is the sister of Fiona Apple (or Fiona is Maude's sister, depending on your outlook). That's her in the black dress right next to the woman in yellow. Also singing her heart out tonight, but in a different style from Maude, was that one-named up-and-comer Orfeh, whose many credits include voiceovers for, yes, the video game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas." Gotta love IMDB, they really cover all the bases.

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