LOS ANGELES -- Last Chance to be in on the Scuttlebutt!, where a two-man cast plays 20 different characters in an evening of quick changes.
The comedy opened July 16 at the Zephyr Theatre and ends its scheduled run Aug. 29. Bill Birch and Ken Polk star in this spoof about the wacky inhabitants of Sweet Home, Mississippi.
In Scuttlebutt!, TV talk show sensation Larry Stringer is coming to the small town to seek out new talent for his top-rated program, and the place goes wild with excitement. As it turns out, the town is a hotbed of gossip, hidden sexuality, otherworldly cults and deep truths. Naturally, all the town's secrets emerge during the play.
Birch, who has studied with The Groundlings, said Scuttlebutt! was inspired by an airing of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," which was once broadcast live from Amarillo, Texas.
Presented by Timi Prulhiere and Birch in association with Stage Left Productions, Scuttlebutt! is directed by Groundlings' company member Jennifer Joyce. The show runs 8 PM Thursday through Saturday, and 7 PM Sunday, through Aug. 29. Tickets are $18 and $20 and can be reserved by calling (213) 660 8587. The Zephyr Theatre is at 7456 Melrose Ave.
-- By Michael Farkash
Southern California Correspondent