June 5, 2004

Two Actresses I Know Are In Plays On 6th

Leigh ScarrittI know two excellent actresses who are doing plays right now on Downtown's 6th Avenue, in venues located just blocks apart from each other. Leigh Scarritt (right) is appearing in The Fritz Theatre's production of "I Do, I Do" that opened two weeks ago, while Kati Behumi (below) opens tonight in Sledgehammer Theatre's "Kid-Simple."

Neither of these photographs is from those current plays, nor have I seen either show yet. I shot the picture of Leigh when she did a cabaret act at the Del Mar Hilton on April 30th, and I took the one of Kati last October when she was in "Oedipus Tyrannus" at 6th @ Penn Theatre.

Leigh and Duane Daniels, artistic director of The Fritz, star in the Tony Award-winning musical "I Do, I Do," which chronicles events in a couple's 50-year marriage. Directed by Bradley Flanagan with musical direction by Rayme Sciaroni, the play includes music by Harvey Schmidt and book and lyrics by Tom Jones, the duo best known for "The Fantasticks."

"I Do, I Do," which opened on May 22, can be seen in dinner-theater performances at the new Sixth Avenue Bistro Cabaret, located at 1165 6th Ave. (& B Street). It will run Fridays and Saturdays through June 19, with dinner at 6:15 p.m. and curtain at 8. There also will be Sunday matinees on June 6 and 13, with lunch at 1:15 p.m., followed by the show at 2. Dinner and show tickets are $46 for general public, or $41 for seniors, military, and full-time students. For reservations, call 619-239-4196.

Kati BehumiMeanwhile, up the 6th Avenue hill a few blocks at St. Cecilia's Playhouse, 1620 6th Ave. (& Cedar), Sledgehammer's "Kid-Simple" is the West Coast premiere of a comedy by Jordan Harrison, who has been called one of the country's hottest young must-see writers. Also in the cast with Kati (left) are Jeannine Marquie, David McBean, Scott Paulson, Joel Rieck, Brian Salmon and Kim Strassburger.

Directed by Scott Feldsher, Sledgehammer's founding artistic director, "Kid-Simple" is part radio play, part crime drama, and part pop mythology. The show follows a precocious young girl who creates a machine that changes the way the world perceives sound. Visuals are made auditory and sounds are made tangible in a theatrical journey of invention. Over 300 sound cues are created live on stage!

"Kid-Simple" will run June 5 through July 11. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, curtain is at 8 p.m., while Sunday night curtains will be at 7 p.m. There also will be two Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on June 27 and July 11. No show on July 4. Tickets are $20 or less, depending upon discounts. For reservations, call 619-544-1484.

Posted at 2:40 PM in Theater