Reviewers of the Elephant Room, which had its West Coast premiere earlier this month at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, are going to great lengths to not reveal too much about the show.
As we understand it, it's part magic show and part comedy that focuses on three magicians practicing their skills in a basement—to varying degrees of success. And then things get weird. That's all we can decipher, but so far, people are liking what they see onstage.
Don't let the retro styling fool you. Although they look like comic extra rejects from a '70s variety show with some heavy metal updating, the magician-trickster-funny-men of "Elephant Room" are goofy originals, very much of our makeshift moment...
They succeed by the seat of their pants, which is to say through their collective free-form wits, recognizing that the only definition of theater that matters is the one that begins with giving pleasure to an audience.
Starring Dennis Diamond, Louie Magic and Daryl Hannah (no, not the Splash actress), Elephant Room was created by Trey Lyford, Geoff Sobelle and Steve Cuiffo and features a number of CalArtians behind the scenes, including associate producer Dorit Avganim (Theater BFA 05), lighting designer Christopher Kuhl (Theater MFA 05) and stage manager Marisa Blankier (Theater BFA 12).
Elephant Room runs through Sept. 16 on Tuesdays through Sundays at 8 pm (dark on Mondays). Additional matinees on weekends.
Kirk Douglas Theatre
9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City