Carlos Lacamara's irreverent comedy Crashing Heaven, which deals with an atheist's attempt to find God, opens a limited engagement at Court Theatre Oct. 28, directed by Michael Edwards and presented by City Stage. The run is through Dec. 19.
The play's protagonist is Tony Santos, a man whose life spirals out of control when he hits the big 4-0. First his father dies, loses his job, and is dumped by his girlfriend -- and then starts to receive "visits" from his newly-deceased dad. Is this a mid-life crisis or just a wake-up call to re-evaluate his atheistic look at life after death? This leads Tony to embark on a spiritual journey aimed at finding God -- or a morsel of truth that proves He really exists. Along the way he encounters lesbian Christians, opportunistic televangelists, arrogant monks and dogmatic cultists.
Cuban-born Lacamara is a founding member of City Stage, where he wrote and directed many shows. He is also known to TV audiences for his recurring role on "Nurses." Others in the cast include J. Kenneth Campbell, Cynthia Ettinger, Lee Garlington, Lance Guest, Mandy Ingber, Lillian Hurst ("Dharma & Greg"), Jerry Lambert, Jennifer Parsons, Steven Porter and Patrick Rowe.
The Court Theatre is located at 722 N. La Cienaga Blvd. For tickets and information call (310) 845-0740.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent