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August 7, 2015

“Father, Son & Holy Coach”, playing through the end of August at the intimate Whitefire Theater, in Sherman Oaks, is an entertaining one-man play, written and performed by John Posey.  If you are a fan of football, or the South, or father-son dynamics, you’ll get all three and more in this very well-performed comedic piece.

I was unfamiliar with Mr. Posey, which made his remarkable rendition of a dozen or so characters all the more surprising.  A handsome man, probably somewhere in his fifties, he possesses a wildly versatile speaking voice and powerful athleticism, all of which are on display throughout the play.

I’m not sure if I should give away the answer to whether or not this story is autobiographical…so, I won’t!  It doesn’t really matter, since the tale is rather universal in its scope.  In fact, I noticed that the women in the audience were laughing just as much as the men.

My friend and I compared notes as we walked down Ventura Boulevard to our car after it ended.  We both agreed on our one and only criticism:  Director Michael Laskin needs to tighten the pacing, which tended to feel somewhat on the slow side from time to time.  OR it might have simply been “one of those nights”.  Either way, don’t let it bother you.  It’s a fun play in a pleasant venue and John Posey will charm the socks off you.  Just give yourself plenty of time to find a parking space.

Whitefire Theatre – 13500 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 990-2324

– K. Malone

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