At 6 pm we will have dinner at Sky's Gourmet Tacos at 5408 West Pico Boulevard (a short walk from the theater) and at 8 pm we will see Cops and Friends of Cops at the VS Theater (former Black Dahlia Theatre) at 5453 W. Pico Blvd in Los Angeles.
Sky's Gourmet Tacos@ 5408 West Pico Boulevard (Between Fairfax and LaBrea) in Los Angeles.
Sky's is a well reviewed inexpensive order from the counter restaurant that offers quality Mexican food with a splash of soul.
There are no reservations. We will show up and order from the counter and then find our table(s).
See the Yelp reviews at http://www.yelp.com/biz/skys-gourmet-tacos-los-angeles
See the Menu at
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COPS AND FRIENDS OF COPS is a classic morality play, as much about what's right and wrong, as it is a thrilling moment-to-moment suspense-fueled ride. It introduces us to five men: Paul, Dom, Emmett, Sal, and Roosevelt. Men of different ages and life experiences. On this night Paul walks into the bar with a secret. Dom, the bartender, just wants to get through his shift. Roosevelt's had just about enough of his partner Sal's bullying sense of humor. So begins this two-act play occurring roughly in real-time about regret, loss, explicit and implicit racism, and wrestling with masculine identity in a constantly-changing contemporary America.
This play receivews a very good review from the L A Times:
"VS. Theatre Company’s continuing commitment to challenging work and high quality staging is immediately apparent in the company’s first production in its new home (the former Black Dahlia Theatre). The stunningly detailed dive bar scenic design by Danny Cistone sets the smoldering powder keg ambience ignited when scruffy drifter Paul (Johnny Clark) shows up on cop night with an agenda that doesn’t remain hidden for long."
"As Paul’s confrontation with hostile cop Emmett (Andrew Hawkes) escalates out of control, Klier’s highly physicalized and at times violent staging keeps the tension at squirm-inducing pitch."
"The well-cast ensemble negotiates the plot twists with vivid characterizations that smartly play off stereotyped attitudes unraveling under duress, bringing raw core identities to the surface. A veteran cop approaching retirement (Gareth Williams) increasingly vents his latent racism against his ambitious younger black partner (Rolando Boyce). The cynical bartender (Paul Vincent O’Connor) emerges from his jaded shell in a touching reminiscence about his days in a touring rock band."
"Klier’s script builds to a riveting first-act climax with masterful pacing and economy. The second half would benefit from further development, particularly in the placement of some character revelations and digressive conversations that defy credibility given the high-stakes situation that’s been so skillfully established. Still, the fine performances keep this new piece as gripping and disturbing as Klier intended."
$16.50 from LA Stage at:
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