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Imagofest 2010 

By Ceebs Bailey

Three’s a charm.

Imagofest 2010

Presented by the Stella Adler Los Angeles Theatre Collective


Review by Ceebs Bailey

One thing that can make great actors unforgettable is exceptional writing, and the three one-act plays making their world premiere at the Stella Adler are rich with brilliance, both on and off the stage. Stella Adler-Los Angeles has formed a new professional theatre company called the Stella Adler Los Angeles Theatre Collective, which is comprised of the Los Angeles’ school alumni.

(If you’re a casual theatregoer, here’s a short bit of background that will perhaps make your evening more enjoyable. Adler taught many renowned actors—Robert De Niro, Mark Ruffalo, Warren Beatty  to name a few. So you’re entitled to expect true artistry here.)

That being said, the Collective and this production is the result of all that training, talent, collaboration, imagination and passion for the craft. ImagoFest itself is a festival of original one-act plays. By necessity, the set for each play is fairly sparse; yet there’s so much richness going on on stage and in your own imagination that props and property would only get in the way. There is plenty here to feast on.

The first one act titled The Talisman, is written and directed by Tim McNeil—the Playwright in Residence at Stella Adler-LA— and stars Doug Bennett and Angela Oakenfold, each transcendentally bereft. It’s a vivid encounter in a post-apocalyptic world between a Wall Street executive and an Oscar-nominated actress. (My favorite line: “The apocalypse plays for keeps.”)

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Stella Adler–Los Angeles at Studio C Theatre

Reviewed by Jennie Webb

November 02, 2009

Any festival is always a mixed bag and inevitably a showcase of sorts. In the case of the ImagoFest, students and professionals attached to a noted acting school have decided to showcase their talents by premiering three new plays. What a refreshing choice—even given the muffled lines and rough edges—and one that's validated when the acting and writing work together, to showcase each other.

In directing his own "Purplish," playwright Timothy McNeil makes sure his incredibly dark comedy is brought to life—or rather, near-death, given the subject matter—by the striking Angela Oakenfold and Meghan Leone as an angry, acerbic, cancer-stricken playwright and her sullen, girl-toy lover. The play gets off to a tricky start, but even at his most indulgent, McNeil uses facile dialogue to expose raw emotions. He goes to some absolutely hilarious places as this fascinating work explores a narcissist's relationship with death, and the ways in which lovers will always find new ways to hurt each other.


Reviewed by Tori Kyes

Imagofest 2009 / Presented at the Stella Adler Theatre / Los Angeles, California /  Three One Act Plays

For anyone familiar with Los Angeles, it is more than obvious that finding a play to see is easier than breathing, with actors lining the streets everywhere you turn.  On the other hand, finding a good play might be more of a challenge, particularly with the amount of choices which you have in our fair city.  Luckily, a good play is exactly what you will find when you catch a show at the Stella Adler Theatre, where I had the pleasure of catching Imagofest’s debut on October 23rd

The Stella Adler Studio of Acting is world renowned as an acting school, boasting name students like Mark Ruffalo, Benicio del Toro, Selma Hayek, Melanie Griffith, Robert DeNiro, and Cybill Shepherd, to name but a few.  What many people do not know about the Stella Adler Theatre is that it also serves as the home for a multitude of performances, showcasing the amazing talents that the school has to offer, both in terms of actors and playwrights, which bring us to the mission of Imagofest 2009.

Imagofest showcases three original one act plays written by three different Los Angeles based playwrights. This year’s playwrights include EM Lewis, Timothy McNeil, and Alex Aves, all of whom have produced a multitude of plays and have won numerous awards. It is the talent base that originates with the writer and directors, many of whom are teachers at Stella Adler Theatre that laid the foundation for this dramatic mashup.

The second play, Purplish embodies the human interaction, this time with a story about two forlorn lesbian lovers whose relationship is deteriorating due to Angela Oakenfold’s character’s stomach cancer. While the play started slowly and gave no indication that it would be enjoyable, those fears were soon dispelled and dramatic tension created by these two actors proved to be one of the evening’s highlights. Meghan Leone is cast in the role of the lying, cheating girlfriend, who is long since past caring for her sickly girlfriend played by Oakenfold, and both actresses turned in a very moving performance. 

The play was extremely vulgar and the comedic pace was perfect, with an extremely humorous moment occurring, when Oakenfold hilariously forces Leone’s character to play her tour guide as she descends into ancient Hermes, while she attempts to reach a place that will save her soul and ease her painful suffering.  Speaking in a number of different voices and taking up numerous stances, all with begrudging sarcasm, Leone assumes the role in a comedic fashion. She fakes a convincing British accent, which reached heights of hilarity and had an echo. In turn she was a hunchback with a depressing disposition and three different personalities of a three-headed dog, but in the end we are allowed to see that hope, faith and love can truly prevail, as they overcome even the toughest obstacles.