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Stage Beat

'Amphitryon 38' at Group Rep; 'Dracula Tyrannus' at the Globe; 'Frost' at Commonwealth; 'Potatoes' at Odyssey; 'Full Moon' at West End

September 30, 1988|RAY LOYND

Moving over from an earlier run at the Powerhouse to the Odyssey, the show glories in physical messiness. Drunken house parties have less disarray. J. Gonzales' direction is pure Toonerville. The self-conscious, squat Deluce (known in her underground theater days as Dolores Deluxe) is hard to laugh with, let alone at.

But the original and live three-piece musical accompaniment is sharp, and a pair of "fries on the side," the versatile Jennifer Winkler and the zestful Cynthia Scott, hoof up assorted storms. What's lethal is the derivative material in between the songs.

Performances at 12111 Ohio Ave., 8 p.m., Mondays only, indefinitely. Tickets: $10. (213) 826-1626 .

'Full Moon and High Tide in the Ladies Room'

This Company of Angels production at the West End Playhouse is not to be confused with "Ladies Room" at the Tiffany. The setting for the two plays is indeed a women's restroom in a bar, but the similarity ends there.

Playwright Marcia Haufrecht's title, "Full Moon and High Tide in the Ladies Room," hints at pretension, and this toilet doth runneth over. Suicide, abortion, self-absorption, women who hate men, losers, you name it, they're here. Sex is no big deal either; that theme could be promising but here it's depressing. And why do so many of the characters wear scruffy black pants?

The direction by Carol Ries is frequently pitched to a screech. It's fingernails-on-the-blackboard-time. Of the eight actresses, only Mary Wickliffe as a thespian-waitress stands out. Then, too, she's the only likable character. Judith Bridges is enjoyably animated. The set suggests an employee john in a factory that manufactures hemp.

What has happened to the Company of Angels? Arson cost the company its Hollywood home last April, and the producers who run the West End Playhouse are sharing their facility with the beleaguered Angels. That's a nice theater story. But this full moon and high tide are out of sync.

Performances at 7446 Van Nuys Blvd., Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m., through Nov. 2. Tickets: $10. (213) 467-1767.

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