Blue Sphere Alliance has mounted two new productions on its home stage at The Lex in Hollywood. The world premiere attractions are: Souls in Flight, a comedy by Glen Allen Smith; and By Myself in a Crowd: Solos in Harmony IV, an evening of short solo pieces which will run on Tuesday nights only through Oct. 31. The Smith play will close Oct. 29.
Anthony Barnao directs Flight, which deals with a woman who, fed up and depressed by big-city life, effectively highjacks her elderly mother and her pregnant teenage daughter and heads for the wide- open spaces of Texas, where she finds a small town and some eccentric characters.
The cast includes Amanda Lee Aday, Roberto Bacalski, Hans Bodenweiser, Missy Doty, Rich Embardo, Peggy Mannix, Pamela Morris and Paul Schackman. Julie Shimer and Ann Patrich are the producers.
Solos follows a performance-art formula that has been successful for Blue Sphere Alliance in the past: keep the pieces short; balance the program between autobiographical and fictional pieces; and make sure the autobiographical pieces are not about blaming others, nor about recovering from a disease.
The solo performers are Eric Clare, Kevin Fabian, Butch Klein, Ifeoma Maree, Paul Schackman and Joel West. The directors are Barnao, Murphy Cross, Paula Goldberg, Arlene Malinowski, Beverly Sanders and Patrick Wilkins.The Lex Theatre is located t 6760 Lexington Ave. For tickets and information call (323) 930-9304.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent