Kurt Fuller (Ugly Betty, Anger Management, Scary Movie) is brilliant as the lunatic Kaiser. Xander Berkeley (24) is fully transformed into the scatty Tzar Nicholas. I would never have recognized him as the same actor who played George Mason on 24, he disappeared so completely into character. The duo of Timothy Omundson (Judging Amy, Psych) and Eric Stonestreet (Bones, CSI) are perfect melodramatic imbeciles as Count Rumpledorf of Austria and General Foufou of France. Amanda Detmer, as England's Duchess of Shrewsbury, managed to pull off the heroic vamp after a few minutes finding her way into character. Brad Raider, (co-founder, co-producer) was an effective dramatic foil as the reluctant Russian diplomat, trying to speak reason to madness.
The action is highly entertaining, from the inbred royal family squabbles, to the disputed national origin of the gingerbread cookie and the superfluous introduction of a vaudevillian rubber chicken. Even if you didn't pay any attention in world history class, the show is a lot of fun.
When: Nov 17 - December 15, 2007, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm
Where: The Lost Studio, 130 S. LaBrea, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Cost: $22.50 online including service charge, $20 cash at the door
Parking: Street parking
Note: The Lost Studio is one of LA's nicer hole-in-the-wall theatres. It is on the 2nd floor of a storefront on South LaBrea and is not wheelchair accessible.
Photo by Ed Krieger courtesy of Red Dog Squadron's Grand Delusion