99 Impossible Things: An Uplifiting New Play
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The last date listed for 99 Impossible Things was Sunday February 13, 2011 / 7:00pm.
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This theatrical adaptation of a classic short story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne (The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables) tells the tale of Reverend Hooper. The minister of a small town in Massachusetts circa 1710, Rev. Hooper creates a significant stir when he shows up for a Sunday service wearing a black veil over his face. With no explanation, he continues to wear the veil for the duration of the day, even during a wedding ceremony. As a matter of fact, it doesn't look like Rev. Hooper ever plans to remove this mysterious black veil from his face. But ... why? Hawthorne's story is a timeless examination of fear, guilt and superstition that bears more than a passing similarity to some beliefs that still persist today. Learn More
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The last production I attended at this venue was probably my worst experience with live theater in Los Angeles. Not that there was anything wrong with the space or the service, but the show itself... [Shudder.] So I was quite leery of returning.
I needn't have worried. 99 Impossible Things delivered.
Although the playwright describes this as her most optimistic work, it certainly has dark undertones, rooted as it is in the many large and small tragedies that define its characters' lives. Its most touching moments are those that grow out of loss, yearning, and regret.
While it does have an ample supply of playful and absurd moments, I did find myself craving a bit more light and joy to balance the darkness. Nonetheless, the engaging and thought-provoking story was enough to hold my interest, and Jessica Lightfoot in particular delivered a performance with undeniable charisma. 99 Impossible Things cleared the bitter taste of my last experience, and I will consider shows at the Eclectic Company Theatre once again.
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99 Impossible Things
Written and Directed by Chelsea Sutton
Harold (Jason Britt) desperately wants to discover the next great invention – but the appearance of a human-sized sea monkey (Jillian Easton) is stunting his progress. While drinking away his days in the Magic Bean Coffee House, the down-on-her-luck proprietor Ellen (Tiffany Cole) urges Harold to recall a past he has buried away – while her brother (Mason Hallberg), his imaginary friend (Geoff James), an unwanted guardian angel (R.J. Farrington), the clumsy barista (Ashleigh Boiros) and a homeless woman (Barbara Scolaro) with a magical delusion make the act of moving on almost impossible. When a jaded stranger (Jessica Lightfoot) wanders in for a cup of coffee, she unwittingly proves that sometimes our greatest pains can help make our most impossible dreams a reality.