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Whitefire Theatre
13500 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
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Got there at 6:30 and parked at the meter on the street. Otherwise, $6 and $8 valet parking at nearby nearby restaurants.
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We ate at Boneyard Bistro ahead of the show. It was fast and delicious, a great way to enjoy a relaxing and delicious dinner before the show. You can valet park at the restaurant and stay for the show.
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"Counter Men"
11 ratings
3.7 average rating
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83 events
48 reviews
81 stars
attended Aug 05 2011

I have seen worse, but this is definitely on the south side of the curve. Not so much for lack of acting talent (although there were no brilliant, standout performances), but more because the story was a mess. All over the map is the best way to...continued

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103 stars
attended Aug 20 2011

This play was crammed full of multiple stories which elicited a wide variety of emotions (which is good), but it was a bit too scattered and unfocused to have as much impact as it might have. On several occasions, I felt there was not enough time...continued

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Quotes & Highlights

“Touching monologues…charged with empathy.”  —Variety
“Director Richard Kuhlman’s impressive maneuvering….good feel for this world premiere…a character piece, and a funny one.” —LA Weekly
“Riveting…the actors are wonderful…the stories are moving.”
“Exceptionally well written and well directed”  -LA Theatre Review
“Wonderful ensemble…honest and openhearted performances..this new play is both timely and touching.” —Topenga Messenger
“Terrific direction by Richard Kuhlman…This timely play gives us the opportunity to think about how we feel…you will leave the theatre more compassionate.” —


Love, war and occasionally music break out as the mother of a Marine in Iraq waits on the Counter Men, all single, some vets, who frequent the L.A. restaurant where she works. The country’s mood and its military entanglements, the frustrations of unemployment and sex are on the menu. Counter Men is poignant and prurient – - a play punctuated by song compliments of a counter man who uses his laptop as his orchestra. This new play, both timely and touching, exposes the fundamental truth that in the end – - love is the solution.

The cast features Marion Ramsey, Bart Braverman, Naila Browne, Ted Elrick, Paul Haitkin, Vanessa Herrera, Dave Kirkpatrick, Shelly Kurtz, Anna Nicholas, Marion Ramsey, Michael Ruesga, Amro Salama, Carol Soldo, Michael Uribes and Alan Woolf.

Marion Ramsey, who is best known for her starring role as the timid, squeaky-voiced officer LaVerne Hooks in the six _Police Academy _movies has also starred on TV and Broadway. Other films are Recipe for Disaster and Maniacts. She has starred on Broadway, Europe, UK and the West Coast in Cinderella, Grind, Little Shop of Horrors, Eubie, Body and Soul and Scarlett/Gone with the Wind. Some of her TV credits include: The Nanny, 90210, The 3rd ABC Comedy Awards, Daddy Dearest, Robot Chicken and Tim and Erik’s Awesome Show.