SMOKE AND MIRRORS Enters Final Weeks of Performances at The Road

Created by and starring internationally renowned magician and actor, Albie Selznick (Castle, Grays Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, etc.), Smoke and Mirrors is a semi-autobiographical, fantastical coming-of-age story about a boy who uses magic to escape reality after the death of his father. Interweaving spellbinding illusions, special effects, audience participation and surprising appearances from the hereafter, themes of love, loss and magic are explored in a highly theatrical, stylized production that combines imagination with the heart.

Smoke and Mirrors is co-produced with Road Theatre Company. The Road Theatre Company was founded in 1991 and has a reputation for supporting, nurturing, and presenting new works. Deeply invested in the NoHo community and the neighborhood's revitalization, the company is a vital part of the community and educational outreach. The Road Theatre Company accomplishment of artistic excellence combined with outstanding production value, prompted the LA Weekly in 2010 to proclaim The Road Theatre Company "One of the best theatres of the decade" and the NoHo News to describe the company as "one of the finest venues for the newest and best American dramas." The Road's commitment to producing and developing new work has led to numerous plays being published and developed into film projects.

Albie Selznick (Writer/Performer) is a lifetime member of the World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood and is an award winning performer and accomplished actor. He began his career as a co-creator of The Mums, a popular boundary-breaking circus-theatre trio of the 80's/90's. The LA Times said, "The Mums do for the arts of Juggling and Magic what Elvis did for rock and roll." Andy Warhol gave them a two-page pictorial in Interview magazine, while the LA Weekly put them on their cover and called them "The Best Performance Troupe in LA." The phenomenon of The Mums went international when they opened for Duran Duran, Devo, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Berlin and Ry Cooder. Their fans included David Bowie and Sting.

Since then Selznick's work has ranged from world-class theatre to recurring roles on popular TV shows. On stage, he played the Fool in renowned director Robert Wilson's visionary production of King Lear, Mercutio in Deaf West's Romeo and Juliet and co-starred opposite Glenne Headly in Detachments. Most recently he starred in the west-coast première of The Water's Edge by Theresa Rebeck of TV's Smash, directed by Sam Anderson at The Road Theatre, where Selznick is a company member. On the small screen, Selznick is best known for playing Rabbi Ben for two seasons on Suddenly Susan and the evil D.A Owen Pomerantz on The Young and The Restless, he has guest starred on over sixty television shows including Castle, Dexter, Episodes, Grey's Anatomy, Southland, Desperate Housewives, NCIS, and all three CSIs.

Two New Year's Eve performances with a Countdown Party at the late-night show will close the wildly successful run with a celebration including food and drink in the lobby of The Road on Lankershim in the NoHo Arts District. There will be a 6:30 p.m. show on Dec. 31 with regular admission of $34 and the late-night show to follow at 10:00 p.m. (tickets are $60 including champagne, food and favors).

In its final extension, Smoke and Mirrors will continue to run through December 29, 2013 with performances on Thursdays, Dec. 19 and Dec. 26, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm (two Saturday matinees added on Dec 21 & 28 at 3 pm) and Sundays at 3 pm at the Road on Lankershim located at the historic Lankershim Arts Center, 5108 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, 91601. General admission is $34.00 (New Year's Eve late-night performance/party is $60). For reservations call 800-595-4849 or for information, call 310-450-2849 or go to www.smokeandmirrorsmagic.com.

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