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The Lounge Theatres
On the corner of Santa Monica and El Centro 6201 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90038
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4.7 / 5 Rated by 20 members
Review from Jim
Red Velvet 493 events 94 reviews

One allure of live theater is seeing something that exists for only a brief moment and then is gone. Like a shooting star. This show is brilliant shooting star. Go see it.

reviewed Aug 01 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from GWM
Red Velvet 129 events 56 reviews

This is an autobiographical one man piece and it is very nice. The actor/playwright also has a good singing voice. I wish I heard more during the play but I'll look out for him in future productions. I give a lot of kudos to this guy. A...continued

reviewed Jul 12 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from JonnyG.
Red Velvet 478 events 36 reviews

Just when you think the world can't take (and shouldn't) another one-man show...from a gay perspective...John Paul Karliak comes along with a sweet, funny, moving story about adoption, mothers, and Carol Channing drag.

Just go...even if you...continued

reviewed Jul 06 2011 report as inappropriate
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“Karliak’s execution is top-drawer. His delivery is brisk but unrushed; his sense of humor is contemplative but unsentimental. Karliak’s range is gleefully apparent.” —LA Weekly (Go!)
“Karliak is a gifted performer with incredible comic timing.   Donna/Madonna makes us all want to give our mothers a hug and tell them how much we appreciate them.” --Frontiers
“John Paul Karliak charms and mesmerizes in his autobiographical one-act.” —
“You’ll find yourself laughing out loud and wiping away tears virtually non-stop.” —


Rizzo 39 Productions has announced a limited engagement of Donna/Madonna at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood. This new solo show, written and performed by John Paul Karliak, is directed by Tiger Reel and Matthew Craig.

In this autobiographical one-act, writer/performer John Paul Karliak wants desperately to be the perfect son for his adopted mother, a doting Catholic housewife from Scranton, PA. But realizing he will never be the ideal local boy, he seeks answers from a very different source: his fashion-writing, married-to-a-British-pop-star birth mother.


Donna/Madonna_ is a tale of motherly love and finding acceptance, told through stories, songs and characters like Darth Vader, Carol Channing and John Paul’s unforgettable mothers. Hilarious and poignant, this cross-country journey from Scranton to Los Angeles shows that sometimes you have to meet a “Material Girl” to truly appreciate “America’s Sweetheart.” Donna/Madonna was the winner of the Best One Man Show Award at the 2010 United Solo Theatre Festival in New York.

John Paul Karliak’s recent screen projects include Dante’s Inferno, Little Black Dress for AFI, L.T.D. (web series), and _Delusions of Grandeur . L.A. theater credits include The Mistakes Madeline Made, The Girl, the Grouch & the Goat, Into the Woods, Inherit the Wind, Women and Wallace, Whatever, _and Sexual Perversity in Chicago. A graduate of the USC School of Theatre, iO West and Second City Training Center, John Paul has written numerous short films and plays produced in locales around the country, including Donna/Madonna, which is his first full-length solo production.

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