Really well done show. Good writing, fantastic performances, and something very relatable to what we all deal with in Los Angeles - traffic. Definitely worth checking out and experiencing....
we didn't know anyone in this play. I got tickets to echo park because my husband and I have always enjoyed the small theatre on the edge type of performance. The premise sounded interesting, and this time I choose it for a fathers day experience so included our 2 teenage sons.
I was nervous that it might not be so great and the whole family would think mom tried something weird again that wasn't so great.
Echo Park far exceeded our expectations! We all laughed hysterically, especially at the stoner old home town friend with the hollywood actor and the nervous blind date girl who sang about dying alone in her apt only to be be eaten by her own 85 cats....but ALL skits were very funny or moving, and fresh.
we thoroughly enjoyed it!...
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....