Looking for Louie, Stacie Chaiken's search for a great-grandfather of whom no one in her family would speak has extended through Sept. 10 at the Pacific Resident Theatre. This one-woman show began performances Aug. 11. Chaiken will later bring the piece to New York City's Lower East Side Tenement Museum Dec. 13-17.
As Chaiken's Grandfather Irving approached 96, she finally convinced him to talk about her infamous relative, who she had been fascinated with since age six when she first started making up stories about the man of whom nothing was known by his name - Louie. A history of her Russian Jewish family in America, Louie is a comedy about that family secret and the immigrant's journey from the old world into the new.
Chaiken performed on Broadway in Lincoln Center's Abe Lincoln in Illinois. Other credits include the Off-Broadway premieres of David Greenspan's Principia and Jack, the Los Angeles Arcadia at the Mark Taper Forum and the Academy Award nominated short film, "Claire." (Please note that Chaiken is not related to director Joseph Chaikin (note spelling difference).)
Tickets are $14. The Pacific Resident Theatre is located at 707 Venice Boulevard. For reservations, call (310) 822-8392. Looking for Louie is on the web at http://www.lookingforlouie.com.
-- By Christine Ehren