“Elevator,” written and directed by Michael Leoni, now playing at the Coast Playhouse in West Hollywood, is an intense, thrilling ride of a show, leaving audience members at the edge of their seats throughout. All too often, we may think about what’s on the minds of people we briefly meet on an elevator, yet just as our curiosity stirs, with the muzak in background, the door abruptly opens. Not the case in this riveting piece, where seven passengers, with compelling performances by David Abed; William Stanford Davis; Erica Katzin; Karsen Rigby; Kristina St. Peter; Tyler Tanner; Deborah Vancelette; and Devon Werkheiser, are forced to get to know the inner workings, as the elevator they all share, comes to a sudden halt. To the writer’s credit, the audience is presented with a psychological phenomenon, where human beings are in a close, confined space, destined to meet each other in an intimate environs, all the while yearning for survival and ultimately the building maintenance man/owner to fix the lift.
As tensions mount, inner fears escalate, worries, dreams, hopes, and skeletons in the closet arise to the surface, and facades fade away, as the true identities and personas unfold and unravel. We quickly learn that only at one’s most vulnerable state, does the true character emerge from the many hidden layers within. For those seeking a mesmerizing performance and a dramatic play to immerse oneself in, leaving all daily cares and commitments to the wayside, “Elevator” is just the ticket.
Through April 30th Fridays and Saturdays 8PM; Sundays 3 PM
Coast Playhouse. 8325 Santa Monica Blvd
http://www.plays411.com/elevator 323 960-7787