I Slept With Jack Kerouac proudly declares one of the characters in Nancy Balbirer's one-woman show, back for a return run in Los Angeles after a successful world premiere stint this summer. Balbirer's serio comic series of monologues will play the Court Theatre Jan. 24-March 3.
Balbirer weaves three main stories through I Slept With Jack Kerouac. In the first, a flat-chested girl grows from ugly duckling to beautiful swan, learning about power and love through dancing. Another girl becomes obsessed with her troubled and overweight, but very theatrical aunt and decides to procure a famous lover for her. In the third, a New Yorker, unlucky in love, goes to a witch to erotically ensnare the man of her dreams, only to have the spell turn on her. A live band, directed by Joel Zighelboim, accompanies the action.
Balbirer studied with David Mamet and William H. Macy and went on to work with the later on Pastorale and several radio plays. Other credits include Off-Broadway productions of Hurlyburly and Troilus and Cressida with Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Daniel O'Connor directs. He won a Garland Award for Indiscretions and a Drama-Logue Award for The Zoo Story.
Tickets are $20. The Court Theatre is located at 722 North La Cienega Boulevard in West Hollywood. For reservations, call (310) 289-2999. — By Christine Ehren