Long Way Down “It's Bizarre, It's Creepy – But Magnetically Engaging At The Same Times – “Long Way Down” Is Different”
THE GEEK AUTHORITY By Lorenzo Marchessi
Collaborative Artists Ensemble presents one of the most interestingly creepy productions I have seen in a long while. Although motivated by a religious thread of ‘god told me too' mentality, “Long Way Down” generated an extreme uncomfortable feeling as the story unfolded and it was performed at the Sherry Theatre in North Hollywood. Not that this is bad thing, but it definitely makes you wonder if there are real people who think this way and do this kind of thing.
Written by Nate Eppler and directed by Steve Jarrard, (who also did the very definitive scenic design) – it tells the story of a lady who for personal, religious and somewhat overblown self-righteous reasons – sees the need to kidnap, kill and bury children. There. I said it. Now for me it was the performance that kept me glued. Their high energy and over the top insanity something like this subject matters needs to feel ‘real'.
Lauri Hendler plays Karen and she is the woman who has this religious mission combined with a psychotic need to steal and kill babies that is so bizarre and so wrong- that it was her performance that glued me to the stage. Often wild-eyed and demanding, yet sympathetic to Meg's character – while lying through her teeth – Lauri gives a perfect ‘villain' performance in a non-villain role. I loved just despising what she represented. I had to unplug my mind to remind myself she was an actress and did a good job making me dislike her character. That's good acting.
Pic 001 – Top L. - Lauri Hendler, Meg Wallace – Top R. - Lauri Hendler, Meg Wallace – Bot. L. - Lane Wray, Meg Wallace – Bot. R. - Lane Wray, Lauri Hendler, Meg Wallace