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Hailed as "the best musical of this century" by Ben Brantley of The New York Times and "the funniest musical of all time" by Entertainment Weekly, The Book of Mormon won nine Tony Awards -- including Best Musical -- in its first year on Broadway. Now the national touring production is back at the Pantages for a second round of hilarity. Written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone along with Robert Lopez, the Tony-winning co-creator of Avenue Q, this musical comedy is a show that The Daily Show's Jon Stewart has called "a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry." Learn More
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- "A funny funny funny and ultimately touching piece." --<em>KCRW</em>
- <em>"</em>She stuns us with a moment of dramatic power that shows her serious acting chops." -<em>-Entertainment Today</em>
- "Single ladies will be emboldened by her rational and sound hypothesis on the sexual sciences." <em>--LA Weekly, GO Recommendation</em>
- "...takes the angst out of dating...with dynamic delivery and wolloping comic style..." <em>--KCLA-American Radio Network </em>
<p>The Ruskin Group Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of Cindy Lu’s unique one-woman play – a theatrical experience-cum-dating-tutorial that delivers a comic punch along with practical advice on nabbing the love of your life.
“I sucked at love. But I loved love. I just needed a logical approach,” says Lu, an accomplished actor with extensive theater and television credits, including “Desperate Housewives” and “Six Feet Under.”
“Through a series of test dates and experimental men, analyzing previously accumulated data and using myself and girlfriends as guinea pigs, I developed a formula for love that can be used by dysfunctional Cinderellas of all ages.</p> <p>“Yes, the goal is to date four men at a time,” she says. “But it isn’t as simple as it sounds. The Four Man Plan consists of a carefully developed set of postulates, graphs, charts and theories. For example, there are the ‘Wait for Sex Index,’ ‘The Rule of Chuck,’ ‘The Half Man Imperative’ and ‘The Chick’s Chick Angle.’”
The performance (with cocktails, featuring “Planner’s Punch,” allowed in the theater) is followed by a question-and-answer session after Friday night performances so that audience members can be sure to get “the desired results – loving relationships with yourself and others, a renewed faith in humanity, and someone to save your seat, rub your feet and grill your meats into happily ever after,” Lu says.
“I love the classroom element,” says Paul Wittenburg, Lu’s friend and co-producer. “It has a practical, nuts-and-bolts approach to a romantic endeavor.”
Lu says that though her show might seem to be geared toward women, she thinks men – both straight and gay – will learn a lot and have as good a time as the female audience members.
“Besides, what better way to meet motivated women?” she says.
An actor for 17 years, Lu had her first gig as Puck in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in San Diego. Since then, she has performed in theaters across the country, including two seasons and two tours for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and locally at East West Players and the L.A. Shakespeare Festival.
She was a founding member of Jet City Improv in Seattle, with which she performed for three years. Since arriving in Los Angeles in 1997, her television credits include “Desperate Housewives,’ “Six Feet Under,” “ER,” “Frasier,” “Friends” and “Seinfeld.”
Lu has also written the book version of The Four Man Plan, which will be on sale in the lobby after performances and available at www.thefourmanplan.com.
Linke, a professional actor and director for almost 30 years, best known as Artie Grossman on the NBC-TV series “CHiPs,” has directed several critically acclaimed shows at Ruskin, including, most recently, That May Well Be True. He has created, acted in and directed several one-person shows, including directing Ben Gazzara in the one-man play “Nobody Don’t Like Yogi” off-Broadway at The Lambs Theatre. He also directed Charles Nelson Reilly’s hit one-man show “Save it for the Stage.”
Linke starred in such feature films as “Motel Hell,” “Grand Theft Auto,” and “Parenthood,” and was the founder and original artistic director of the Powerhouse Theatre in Santa Monica. </p>