There's one thing that can be said about the Coronet Theatre - the Los Angeles space is a solo house. Currently home to Mark Setlock in Fully Committed (through Nov. 19) and the long-running Late Night Catechism, the venue gets a new space, the 49 seat Studio and another one-person show, The Versus of Ogden Nash, beginning performances Nov. 10 for a run through Dec. 31. Debra De Liso directs.
Written and performed by Peter Massey, Versus is a romantic comedy about humorist and poet Nash. Although he wrote 20 volumes of verse as well as the lyrics to Kurt Weill's One Touch of Venus, Nash was convinced he would be remembered for nothing more than this well known rhyme from his first volume of poetry, "Reflection on Ice Breaking": Candy/ is dandy/But liquor/is quicker.
A playwright, actor and administrator, Massey has performed in over 50 productions and directed 30 more. As artistic director, he led Florida's Riverfront Theatre for six seasons and served as managing director of the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles for three.
Opening night of Versus of Ogden Nash is set for Nov. 17. Tickets are $25-$15. The Coronet Theatre Studio is located at 366 North La Cienega. For reservations, call (310) 657-7377. The Versus of Ogden Nash is on the web at http://www.unityinternational.com.
-- By Christine Ehren