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Martians: An Evening with Ray Bradbury

By E.M. Fredric

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/9/2018 – Director Jeff G. Rack packs a lot of visual and esthetic delight into Martians: An Evening with Ray Bradbury while taking his fans on a journey into Bradbury’s well known imagination. The world premiere of his collaborative effort with co-creator and actor, Charlie Mount is a delightful – if not at times – uneven ride as Mount’s Bradbury addresses the audience directly. The puppet master trick is not an easy one to weave through the tales told by other characters – but it works.

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Eric Keitel (l.), Robert Paterno (Photo: Christine Zirbel)

Based on Bradbury’s Martian short stories The Strawberry Window, the Blue Bottle, The Messiah and Night Call, Collect. Through Ray Bradbury we visit with character Bob and Carrie, a young couple struggling to turn the cold, dead Mars into an Earthly garden and Beck and Craig – two soldiers searching for the legendary Blue Bottle of Mars. Emil Barton is left as the last man on earth with only recordings of his younger self to drive him mad or keep him sane? The shapeshifting Martian in the form of Christ didn’t quite work into the overall feel of the almost precise words of Bradbury through his interviews and books.

But the actors (Charlie Mount, Tor Brown, John T. Cogan, Paul Gunning, Eric Keitel, Melissa Lugo, Richard Mooney, Don Moss, Robert Paterno, Michael Perl, Joe Seely) all play their roles with relish and a nod to a simpler time in America as the time takes place, yesterday, today and tomorrow from Ray’s office to Mars and Beyond.

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Paul Gunning (l.), Joe Seely, Robert Paterno (Photo: Eric Keitel)

Derrek McDaniel, lighting design, Gabriel Griego, projection design and Joseph “Sloe” Slawinski’s sound design along with the set design makes for a sensory fantastical ride through the acclaimed and revered writer who was widely regarded as the most important figure in the development of science fiction as a literary genre. Bradbury would say, “I’m not a scientist. I’m a writer of fairy tales and modern myths about technology.”

Rack and Mount have put forth an evening for kids and adults alike. If you don’t have kids the tall people surrounding you brought their childhoods with them with standing ovations.

Melissa Lugo (l.), Michael Perl, Charlie Mount (Photo: Eric Keitel)

Martians: An Evening with Ray Bradbury opened at the WhiteFire Theatre on September 7, 2018 and continues through November 2, 2018, Fridays at 8:00 p.m. Also, Saturday, November 10 at 8:00 p.m.

Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd. (at Sunnyslope), Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. Valet parking available (fee charged) at Augustine Wine Bar, ½ block east of the theatre.

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ADMISSION: $30. Children and students, $20.

RESERVATIONS: (800) 838-3006.

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ONLINE TICKETING: www.whitefiretheatre.com

CONSUMER ADVISORY: Suitable for family audiences, ages 8 to Adult. This is an inspiring and magical journey inside the mind of one of our greatest fantasy writers and futurists.

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