BWW Reviews: World Premiere Comedy THE LOAD-IN Takes You Behind-the-Scenes With a Rock Band in Small Town America
Certainly most of us have wanted to follow a band around and be a part of their backstage antics when we were young enough to have the energy to do so. So it is quite a thrill to be in on the action of watching The Wax Robots load-in for a performance when everything that can go wrong does, yet it all works out in the end.
As the play progresses and the stage is set, you'll hear stories about the band members' lives and how they got to be in this place at this time. But the keyboardist has lost her back-up tracks, the bass player is drunk, the lead guitarist has slammed his hand in a door, the drummer eats some rice and has a violent allergic reaction, and one band member is late and nowhere to be found. Even worse, the disco ball just won't turn - and showtime is minutes away. Can The Wax Robots possibly get their act together quickly enough to show their audience a rockin' good time?
Truth of the matter is, writer-director David Svengalis booked the space and wrote the play BEFORE the band was formed. After learning to play their instruments together for 3 1/2 weeks, the show opened! But you would never know that since they seem to really be people who have been together a long time and know each other's faults and strengths intimately. It's a fun look behind the scenes!
The cast for The Load-In includes (in alphabetical order) Rachel Appelbaum, David James Baker, Christopher Bedrosian, Devin McGregor Ketko, Amanda Maddox, Evan Marcus, Jimmy McFinn, Tony Nunes, David Svengalis, Eoghan Voce and Jack Zullo.
The Wax Robots are coming, and the show will go on!
THE LOAD-IN, a World Premiere comedy written and directed by David Svengalis, Produced by Mahoobla Productions, with original music by Nicole Marcus. At Three Clubs Cocktail Lounge, 1123 N. Vine St., Los Angeles, CA 90038.on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.; Friday, June 12 at 4:00 p.m.; Sunday, June 14 at 10:00 p.m.; Tuesday, June 16 at 8:00 p.m.; Friday, June 19 at 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, June 27 at 6:00 p.m. ADMISSION: $13. RESERVATIONS: (323) 455-4585.
ONLINE TICKETING: http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/2490
ESTIMATED RUNNING TIME: 70 minutes.
CONSUMER ADVISORY: For audiences 21 and older (profane language; comic depiction of substance abuse; plus it's in a bar).
Eoghan Voce (l.), Evan Marcus, David James Baker, Rachel Appelbaum.
Eoghan Voce (l.), David Svengalis, David James Baker.
Rachel Appelbaum, David James Baker.
Tony Nunes (l.), Christopher Bedrosian.