Elephant Room, Evening of Magic, Mystery and Comedy, Opens in West Coast Premiere

By Kenneth Jones
26 Aug 2012

Louie Magic and Dennis Diamond in Elephant Room.
Louie Magic and Dennis Diamond in Elephant Room.
Photo by Scott Suchman

The West Coast premiere of Elephant Room, a unique entertainment about three semi-pro magicians — starring magicians Louie Magic, Daryl Hannah (not that Daryl Hannah) and Dennis Diamond — opens Aug. 26 at Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, CA. Previews began Aug. 22.

Created by Trey Lyford, Geoff Sobelle and Steve Cuiffo, the show is directed by Paul Lazar. It was commissioned by Center Theatre Group and workshopped as Next Stop Amazingland in the DouglasPlus series in November 2009.

Here's how CTG bills it: "By turns fresh, silly and profound, Elephant Room is set in a basement rec room where three semi-pro conjurers hang out and practice their tricks with varying competence. These self-deluded illusionists are brimming with childlike wonder and undeserved self-confidence, but there is something mysterious about their Elephant Room. Things are not as they seem."

Performances of the piece that transforms the Douglas into "a mystical place of wonder and amusement" continue to Sept. 16.



Center Theatre Group presented all wear bowlers, created and performed by Trey Lyford and Geoff Sobelle, in the Kirk Douglas Theatre's second season in fall 2005. Elephant Room premiered at Philadelphia Live Arts in September 2011 and was presented at the Arena Stage, Washington, DC, in January 2012, and at St. Ann's Warehouse in New York in March 2012.

Tickets are available by calling (213) 628-2772 or online at CenterTheatreGroup.org, in person at the Center Theatre Group box office at the Ahmanson Theatre or two hours prior to performances at the Kirk Douglas Theatre box office at 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA.