LOS ANGELES -- "Garrison Keillor meets Bill Crystal" is how Steve Mackall, the voice-over artist of NBC's Must See TV Thursday night line-up, describes his one-man show, Wherever I Go, There We Are, which opens July 24 for a limited engagement at the Santa Monica Playhouse.
Mackall said that the show consists of nine "sound-designed stories set to music and projected slides and woven together with humorous segues." It takes place an eclectic old attic and includes "such inspired stories as Will Roger's final flight with Wiley Post and bittersweet memories of love and loss."
Mackall is a voice-over artist, comedian and writer. He works extensively in animation, including MGM's All Dogs Go to Heaven and Disney's The Mighty Ducks. He recently performed two sold-out benefit performances of Wherever I Go at Santa Monica Playhouse, which led to the upcoming seven week run.
Performances are Friday and Saturday 8 PM, Sunday 6.30 PM, through August 23. Tickets are $20 for all seats, with discounts for students, teachers, seniors and groups of 16 or more. Pre-show, intermission and post-show refreshments are offered at the Box Office Cafe, the newest addition to the Playhouse theatre complex, 1211 4th St. in Santa Monica. Call (310) 394-9779 ext. 1.
Continuing mid-week through Aug. 14 at the Playhouse is Othello, produced by Open Door Theatre Works and based on a script by ODTW co-founders Obi Ndefo and Daren Rice. The latter is featured in the play along with Lara Baird, Inara George, Erick Krisch and Philip Moon. ODTW is a new L.A.-based company founded by alumni of such diverse training programs as the Yale School of Drama, Santa Monica Playhouse's Professionals Training Program and the Guild Hall School of Music and Drama.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent