How important are great new plays?
Get this: they might save civilization.
"Amid the ongoing culture wars between urban-elite and blue-collar sensibilities, Melocchi’s period play slyly reminds us the division can be bridged by our fundamental human need to create."
That's a quote from the LA Times rave review - one of many rave reviews - for "Andy Warhol's Tomato," Vince Melocchi's engrossing new play now running at Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice. Here are a few more:
"Dana Jackson’s sure-handed direction draws terrific work from her cast." ~ Stage Raw
“Not-to-be-missed. This is a play which exquisitely traces the steps…to an understanding about creativity and life in general.” ~ SplashMags
"Two well-written, well-directed, well-acted characters that keep you transfixed by their quirky but incredible relationship. Your heartstrings will be pulled." ~ Broadway World
Yes, it's enjoyable. Funny, clever, touching and thoroughly captivating. But more than that: I keep coming back to the idea that THIS - Vince Melocchi's brave, original and perceptive brand of playwriting - might possibly be the glimmer of an answer (or one of the answers) to our current ever-more-troublesome-and-depressing socio-political climate. It could happen. One small step at a time.
Go see the play. As the critics have decreed, "it's not to be missed." And see what you think.