What do you call a heterosexual man with good taste and a great sense of color? A Renaissance Geek, according to solo performer Paul Stroili, who outlines the breed's special problems in his one-man show running through Oct. 29 at the Tamarind Theatre in Hollywood. Bill Penton directs.
Nominated for two L.A. Weekly Awards in 1999 for Best Solo Performance of the Year and Best Direction of a One-Act, Renaissance Geek looks at a particular modern man, the type who loves women -- and vacuuming. In the piece, seven characters from Stroili's own ethnically diverse family struggle with themselves and each other to understand what makes Paul tick.
Stroili's TV and film credits include stints on "Seinfeld," "Brother's Keeper," "Good News" and a recurring role on "The Untouchables." A founding member of Chicago's CT20 Ensemble, he appeared as Vinnie Black in the original Chicago staging of Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding.
Behind the scenes on Renaissance Geek are set and lighting designer David George, Brian Aboozia, who composed the score and Zack Morrissette, the sound designer.
Renaissance Geek opened its second run Sept. 14. Tickets are $17.50. The Tamarind Theatre is located at 5919 Franklin Avenue. For reservations, call (310) 289-2999. Renaissance Geek is on the web at http://www.RenaissanceGeek.com. — By Christine Ehren