SMOKE AND MIRRORS Enters Final Weeks of Performances at The Road
After more than a year of numerous extensions, LA's most beloved theatrical magic show, Smoke and Mirrors, is officially closing on Dec. 31. Ring in 2014 with spellbinding illusions, a life-sized rabbit and a timeless story that is as mesmerizing as it is heartwarming at the Road on Lankershim in the NoHo Arts District now in its final run through Dec. 29 with two New Year's Eve shows on Dec. 31 at 6:30 p.m. and a late night show at 10:00 p.m (Midnight Countdown party includes champagne, hors d'oeuvre and favors).
Lifetime member of the Magic Castle, and accomplished actor Albie Selznick's autobiographical play has enjoyed critical acclaim since it first opened in Santa Monica in 2012 before relocating to the Road on Lankershim in NoHo throughout its 2013 run. The phenomenal success has paved the way for future regional tours with an eye on NYC as Robert Egan (Mark Taper Forum, Ojai Playwrights Conference) has come onboard to direct as well as develop the play in collaboration with Selznick.
Earning rave reviews including a "Critic's Choice" from the Los Angeles Times and LA Weekly's "Go!", Smoke and Mirrors is one of the most critically praised and longest running shows of the 2012-2013 season. Backstage hailed, "Smoke and Mirrors is about magic, wonder, and spectacle. You'll leave feeling spellbound." The LA Weekly said, "If you've forgotten the childlike joy and sublime wonderment of seeing magic performed, Albie Selznick's theatrical show is an enchanting reminder...a bewildering tour de force that has more "how did he do that" flashes than can be counted. Go!" Stage Scene LA dubbed Smoke and Mirrors "a uniquely entertaining show," while Broadway World called it "a magic show of the highest order, and much more...don't miss Smoke and Mirrors."
Attracting the attention of producer/director/dramaturge Robert Egan bodes well for Smoke and Mirrors in its next incarnation. Currently, Egan is the artistic director of the Ojai Playwrights Conference and Wattsmedia. He was the producing artistic director at the Mark Taper Forum for twenty years where he created the New Work Festival and directed numerous shows including Other Desert Cities starring JoBeth Williams, 10 Unknowns starring Stacy Keach, Closer with Rebecca DeMornay and Maggie Gyllenhall, Death and the Maiden with Jimmy Smits, Richard II with Kelsey Grammar and Michael Ceveris, Aristocrats with John Laroquette, and Made in Bangkok with Steven Weber. His extensive directing credits also include CTG at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, Ojai Theater Festival, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Actor's Gang, Falcon Theatre, LaJolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Los Angeles Theater Center, New York Shakespeare Festival, and Playwrights Horizon. As a producer and dramaturge, Egan has developed over 300 plays for playwrights such as Jon Robin Baitz, Maxine Hong Kingston, Tony Kushner, Stephen Adley Guirgis and George Wolfe.
Selznick is excited teaming up with Egan as Smoke and Mirrors moves into a new year with a fresh creative direction. Although the show has continued to evolve along the way, including additional magic acts and more fully explored storylines, 2014 will see further revitalization for regional productions and a promising NYC Off-Broadway run.
In a recent interview with Don Grigware, Selznick describes his process and journey, "I'm always working on how to connect everything but also keep it somewhat abstract and open to everyone's individual interpretation. I want to make this show a wild rollercoaster ride... something that has never been done before."