Review On Fruition

Leigh Kennicott

Registered Critic

Fruition pictures a world, hopefully, far into the future. Playwright DeLaRosa (who also plays the upstanding resister, Rainer) has assembled a representative group of survivors to tell his story. Theatre of Note’s production values are exceptional. The company has responded to DeLaRosa’s vision with black-box walls covered with artistic renderings of graffiti that, in themselves, should be viewed as public art!

DeLaRosa tends to overuse violence and the ‘F’ bomb to prove his points, yet his argument asks us to resolve our current stalemates while we still can. Although current observations pop out, wrenching me momentarily out of the future he created, DeLaRosa’s characters ring true . Forest (Trevor H. Olsen) seems to be playing both sides against the middle, while Laila (Kathleen O’Grady) protects Helga (Faith Imafidon). Periodically they must work together to push back the militia (Nick Smerkanich and Thomas Firtzgerald). But with the arrival of Rollo, (Travis York) the right/left, resister/Militia divide comes into focus in a surprising way.

Leigh Kennicott has an extensive background in theatre, film and television and a Ph.D. degree in Theatre, awarded in 2002. A writer, director and actor, Leigh Kennicott began theatrical reviewing at Backstage, followed by Pasadena Weekly and Stage Happenings blog.
As a director in Los Angeles, she directed a neo-realist "Romeo and Juliet" at the Secret Rose Theatre; a new play,“Charlotte Second Chance,” at DramaGarage; and “How I Learned to Drive,” “Nickel and Dimed” and “Top Girls” all at College of the Canyons.
Presently, she teaches theatre topics at California State University, Northridge.