What's a more disturbing obsession than Your Mother's Butt? That comedy by Academy Award winner Alan Ball ("American Beauty") is one of several short works dedicated to the psychological disturbances of modern man and woman in Obsessions and Confessions, a series by Theatre Neo, playing July 3-Sept. 11 at the Hudson Avenue Theatre. Plays by David Ives, John Patrick Shanley and Lanford Wilson are also on the bill.
Ives' contributions are the British bedroom farce gone wrong The Mystery at Twicknam Vicarage and the double-cast doppelganger piece, Enigma Variations. "Moonstruck"'s Shanley wrote the comic tale of going home Welcome to the Moon and the romantic The Red Coat about two teenagers who discover love in the Bronx. Wilson takes the audience into the private bedroom of an extremely mismatched couple in Breakfast at the Track.
Directing are Eric Mofford (Your Mother's Butt), Lauren Cloud (The Mystery at Twicknam Vicarage), Bea Silvern (Enigma Variations), Paula Kay (The Red Coat), Matthew Rauchberg (Welcome to the Moon) and
Starring are Michael Caldwell, Rebecca O'Brien, Ursula Whittaker and Michael Dempsey (Your Mother's Butt), Kathryn Gordon, Stuart McLean, Shane Nickerson, David St. James, Jennifer Seifert and Tom Bottleson (The Mystery at Twicknam Vicarage), Thomas Crawford, David Markey, Virginia Schneider, Carrie Robinson, Ralph Tropf (Enigma Variations), Justin Connor and Irene White (The Red Coat), Darren Kennedy, Damon Shalit, Tom Slovik, Bob Wilson, Julie Wittner (Welcome to the Moon), Greg Albanese and NiCole [sic] Robinson (Maragret on "The West Wing") (Breakfast at the Track).
Tickets are $15. The Hudson Avenue Theatre is located at 6537 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood. For reservations, call (323) 769-5858. Theatre Neo is on the web at http://www.theatreneo.com. — By Christine Ehren