'Abstraction' Provides Entertaining Evening
By SUE PASCOE
"Abstraction," a play by Ryan Paul James, was featured at Theatre Palisades in August. This is James’ fifth play performed in Pacific Palisades. His writing in parts of this play surpasses that in “Lost of Radioland,” “The World’s Worst Play,” “Ever,” “Desperately Seeking Love,” and “What’s so Funny?” and is truly enjoyable.
The concept of "Abstraction" is fascinating because all of the scenes, which could be described as “Saturday Night Live” style-sketches, take place in an art gallery. There are actual paintings on the walls done by upcoming Los Angeles artists. The talent is wide-reaching and provides a nice way of showcasing modern art outside of a gallery.
Additionally, on each of the five nights the play ran, a different artist was invited to display work outside the theatre and in the lobby. They included Allison Moore, Vernon Adams, Chris Bonno, Deobrah Chi, Wanda Williams, Jerry Sabatini and Samantha Ritchie. Works were available for sale after each show.
I would urge Theatre Palisades to put this show into a longer run, making it available to a wider audience.
James is a truly talented writer, which was obvious in several scenes. One especially poignant scene involved a man who came to the gallery each day to look at a painting of a bench. When a gallery worker asked why, the story about an interacial couple was told simply and resonated with the audience.
James needs to rework several sketches including one with the crazy artist because it is too reminiscent of John Belushi’s samurai. Another sketch to reexamine is the crass soap-opera tale at the end, which just becomes confusing and repetitive.
Overall, it’s a funny evening and the play (without an intermission) would do well. Who doesn’t need a good laugh?
I would ask director Katy Jacoby to tone down actors’ mugging. It doesn’t help the script, which is strong enough to stand on its own. The over-the-top melodramatic acting in some scenes detracts from the simplicity of “Abstraction.”
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Ryan Paul James Actor, Writer & Director
Welcome to my site Ryan Paul James Productions. This is the site where you'll be able to find out what productions I have going up, as well as what I am working on next.
I have two passions, acting and writing. With acting, I've been so blessed to perform in many TV shows, films, and on the stage. Right out of highschool, I was at the right place at the right time, and got to be on the last season of the Mickey Mouse Club. From there my acting career, in Florida, took off, mostly in commercials.
In 2004, I decided to make the big leap to Los Angeles where in my first five years, I performed in 20 plays. Mostly at my home theatre, Theatre 68. That's the theatre where I've been able to explore more than just acting, but also writing and directing.
I have written six plays: "NIGHT STORIES", "LOST IN RADIOLAND", "LOST IN RADIOLAND CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR", "THE WORLD'S WORST PLAY EVER", "DESPERATELY SEEKING LOVE" & "WHAT'S SO FUNNY?". All have been produced at different theatres in both Los Angeles and other markets across the country. They have been well recieved by audiences, and have gotten their fair share of great reviews. One of the reviews said, "Ryan Paul James is an American playwright to watch."
I have many upcoming projects, and I hope you will check back, and see the great stuff coming up.
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