“The Bedroom Window – A New Musical”: Theatrical Review
An all too familiar story, the desire to find ones self, experience true love, and make a difference in the world; this is the story of Gwen, the main character in Daniel Mahler’s new musical, “The Bedroom Window,” currently playing at eh Odyssey Theater through September 26, 2010.
Gwen, the production’s lead, played by a phenomenal Emily O’Brien, returns home from school to find herself and write her first great novel. What she learns is that what she thought was real, truly isn’t. The man she has dedicated herself to, George, played by Kevin Kaddi, doesn’t understand or appreciate her, and sees her as something more to have, than something to appreciate or adore. Her bother Johnny, played y Christopher Higgins, is in the middle of attempting to find himself as well, and though he is very happy to have his big sister home again, he finds he needs to admit who he really is before he is any assistance to anyone else. Her life-long friend, Michael, played by Jesse James Rice, is enthralled to have her back in his life, as he finally gets to face the fact that he has been in-love with her forever, though the feelings are not exactly the same on Gwen’s behalf for him. Enter the remainder of the cast. While unveiling the intricacies of her own personage, Porter, an artist who owns a bar, played by Justin Mortelliti steals her heart and becomes her inspiration. Meanwhile, Nik, played by Kelsey Scott, the beautiful young woman who runs Porter’s bar, deals with the reality of who Porter really is. She has been in love with him far too too long, and she is only now beginning to understand that Porter doesn’t seem to have it in him to ever love more than himself. Complicated, yes, but the cast, directed by Elissa Weinzimmer, does an unbelievable job at telling a story that holds the attention of its audience while offering a free personal psychological outlook.
Having most all of the characteristics of a true hit, “The Bedroom Window,” discusses the real fact that all too often there are those in our lives who say that they love us, but in truth use us only as their personal muse, with a passionate desire to possess us rather than complete us. Love is patient, kind, never boastful or conceited, and keeps no record of wrongs. It is a very difficult lesson, learned by the lead character, Gwen; when she realizes that she has sold her heart to someone who doesn’t really want it because that person values nothing and no one more than he does himself. A powerful story with a compelling score, written by Nanea Miyata and Brittany Morrison, “The Bedroom Window,” is a re-telling of a story that so many seem to fail to learn, true love is never selfish, is given freely, and does not need to be competed for.
Of particular note are three key performers that are certain to find many additional leading roles in the future, and are definitely actors to watch. Emily O’Brien, portraying the lead role of Gwen, is not only totally adorable, but extremely convicted to the role, and has an outstanding voice that carries the show all the way to standing ovations. Kelsey Scott, portraying Nik, has a glamour professionalism that takes her supporting role in the production and causes the audience to reason why they are not blessed to see far more of her than scripted. Finally, a wild and crazy young man named Jesse James Rice, portraying Michael, is a performer with the passion and deliberation to go as far as he is willing to allow himself. It seems that these three performers have opened a door to Los Angeles theatrical programming that will demand to see each of them again and again.
“The Bedroom Window” is perfect for audiences of all ages, and will leave the audience member not only humming their key lyrics, but questioning their own life choices with comments within the script like; “If you can’t re-write your story, who can?”; “There’s no shame in taking time to find your way!”; and “We can fight it all we want, but change always catches up to us.” Without spewing language or sexually explicit scenarios in the face of the audience, this production makes some very powerful points that we should all continue to question of ourselves.
“The Bedroom Window” is playing at the uniquely, but quite comfortably designed Odyssey Theater, located at 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA 90025. The ticket prices are reasonable, and can be booked in advance by calling the theater at 310-982-7670. The production plays Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 3:00 PM.