I know we are called “Hollywood Revealed” but when it comes to “Handjob” by Erik Patterson I can’t reveal too much–and trust me that’s OK. It would be very easy to ruin this play for you the reader. It would very be easy to tell you what this play is about. The ironic
“Handjob” surely holds the mirror up to nature and boy do we all end up seeing something different. The ensemble represents most, if not all of, the different movements taking place right now including MeToo, BlackLivesMatter, and LGBTQ Rights just to name a few. Each point of view is made very clear as each character battles to have their voice heard. Each argument is well crafted and justified. No one’s point is wrong but this play will make you question if this is the right time to make it.
A moment of clarity is gifted to us by the smallest voice in the cast (Gloria Ines) who absolutely nails her time to shine despite it only being one line. Her poignant observation is a stark contrast to the well thought out arguments laid out by the rest. Director Chris Fields has done an exceptional job helping his actors tackle some very dangerous subject matter.
Ryan Nealy and Stephen Guarino are an incredible duo who are able to deliver two vastly different yet still compelling characters. Their saga steals the show which is not a bad thing, it exposes and deepens the conversation that needs to be had. So observe carefully and discuss intensely but ultimately sit back relax and enjoy “Handjob”.
When: Through Oct. 21: Fridays @ 8 p.m. /
Saturdays @ 8 p.m. / Sundays @ 4 p.m. / Mondays @ 8 p.m.
Where: Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casistas Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Tickets: $20 – $34
Running time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Info: (310) 307-3753, EchoTheaterCompany.com