Echo park is composed of about 6 or 7 scenes each in cars, each car locked in the same traffic jam on Sunset Blvd.
Within the few minutes alotted each scene, Petrick presents the humor of self-doubt, low self-esteem, delusions, dissapointment, hurt, and longing. Then he strips these layers of neurosis to reveal the tender heart of his characters.
The actors experience shows: they interpret the work well and, I believe, show us a little bit of their lives.
I love the theatre because with a few good actors, a limited budget, and a good script, a receptive audience can be transported into other worlds, which essentially is the single common world of shared human experience. Joe Petrick’s script and direction of Echo Park does that.