I never seem to have time to get out and see everything LA theater has to offer so I was delighted when I was invited to attend the opening weekend of the world premiere of Steve Yockey’s new play “The Fisherman’s Wife” directed by Gates McFadden at The Ensemble Studio Theater in Atwater Village.
The theater itself is set up more like a comedy show or a café with round tables and chairs and even a couple of sofas in the back. They definitely knew how to give an audience an intimate experience. It was the perfect venue to tell a passionate tale of love, sex, deceit and horny magical sea creatures. Yes, I said horny magical sea creatures.
This play tells the story of young married couple struggling with their marriage and sex life, or lack of a sex life. While the fisherman is out, his wife is visited by traveling salesman with a very special tattoo and a bag full of ways to fix any situation. Then the young fisherman happens upon a “unique” pair of sea creatures disguised as humans in out of date swimwear.
I don’t want to give away too much of the plot. I went in not knowing what to expect and was thoroughly entertained, charmed and more than a little disturbed by this deranged sex farce. The writing is excellent. It is very well directed. The acting and comedic timing is superb. The small cast of characters is excellent and each one brings a magic to their role that makes them lovable no matter how improper they are.
The highlight for me was a live puppet show narrated by The Salesman about an “unusual” sea monster encounter. That’s all I’m going to say about it. You’ll have to see it for yourself. I don’t want to ruin any surprises.
Warning! This play is not for the faint of heart or even those with a weak stomach. There were definitely moments where I had to remind myself that it was, “okay to laugh.” It’s not exactly good clean fun. In fact it’s a little messy, but if you are looking to have a good time and escape from the seriousness of life for a bit come and see the creative outrageous hilarity of “The Fisherman’s Wife.”
“The Fisherman’s Wife” is playing from now until the end of November. Get your tickets now! Get there early to snag a seat on one of the cushy couches!
Liesl Jackson is a writer/actress/comedian/pet sitter living in the heart of Hollywood. She loves the arts, animals, volunteering, traveling, and attempting to learn the acoustic guitar. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on twitter @SillyLiesl and follow The Pacific Punch @ThePacificPunch.