Review On Someone Else's House


Shari Barrett

Registered Critic, Writer, Publicist


At the beginning of each performance, Jared guides the audience through examining the materials within the haunting kit box, going over the Johnson family tree and asking selected audience members to read about a few of them from the back of cards in their possession. This is one of the few really interactive times during the performance since once he starts telling tales as he walks through the house, there is no time to stop to ask the audience any questions as Jared winds up running for his life to escape the terror within the Enfield Village Victorian, built in 1800 by the eccentric Johnson family patriarch. And since Jared has shared its floor plan with us, each moment gets more frightening as he runs from room to room while revealing some of the secrets he has discovered about its spooky history.

Kudos to the imaginative Jared Mezzocchi for writing and performing such an entertaining show that will wrap you up in the terror along with him. In fact, be sure to notice the reactions of other audience members on the screen with you as the suspense mounts! Director Margot Bordelon along with the Virtual Design Collective (VIDCO) production team offer dazzling lighting, special effects and mysterious projections that will certainly grab your attention, even when the moment passes so quickly you are left wondering exactly what you just saw!

Shari Barrett, a Los Angeles native, has been active in the theater world since the age of six - acting, singing, and dancing her way across the boards all over town. After teaching in local secondary schools, working in marketing for several studios, writing, directing, producing, and performing in productions for several non-profit theaters, Shari now dedicates her time and focuses her skills as an independent publicist to "get the word out" about smaller theaters throughout the Los Angeles area.

As a founding member of the LA Stage Alliance Leadership Council Task Force, she and reps from theaters throughout the city worked together to articulate a vision for the theatre community of Greater Los Angeles.

Shari has received recognition from the City of Los Angeles for her dedication of heart and hand to the needs of friends, neighbors and fellow members of society for her devotion of service to the people of Los Angeles, and is honored to serve the theatre world in her hometown.

Currently she is the Publicist and a member of the Kentwood Players at the Westchester Playhouse.