Dreams in Variation: A Theatrical Review
Have you ever wanted and longed for something that you are convinced you would be perfect for? Have you been willing to do whatever it took to get that dream to come to fruition? Have you had to pay some very dear and precious prices in order to follow that dream? Have you hit many snags and painful realities on the road to achievement of that dream but wanted it so desperately that you were simply unwilling to forfeit? Have you learned more about yourself; the world around you, and what that dream was actually intending your life to be in the pursuit of it? Have you chosen to give your all, never giving up, because your dream was your actual purpose for living? If your answer is yes to any or all of these questions, then you will identify completely with this new production of Dreams in Variation.
Kate Bowman, portraying Rosalie, is a woman who has lost her one true love in life, her husband. He has left her with an enormous amount of money, but money does not give purpose to life, and as a result, she has turned to alcohol to drown her pain in. That is until she realizes that using that money she has to enrich the lives of others, and in so doing enrich her own and give it a new purpose, is the new and real focus of her life. She longs to become a producer, and heads to Hollywood to pursue that dream.
Lena Coleman, portraying Kailee, is a woman who has found a comfortable life with a good man in a rural town that doesn’t let her feel alive any longer. She has always wanted to pursue her dream of being a performer, and though it tears her apart inside to do so, leaves what has become the comfortable “safe” life to pursue her dreams as well, of course heading to Hollywood.
Ben Pronsky, portraying Joey, wants to be a film maker. He has spent his life working on small personally made productions and dreaming that one day he could leave New York and go where the movies are actually made, Hollywood, and somehow find a way to pursue his dreams. It takes a homeless woman who had given up on her dreams long ago to send him over the edge, causing him to take the final leap required, and off he goes to pursue his dream, though he quickly learns that he will have some very personal and ethically challenging prices to pay to acquire what he wants.
Darby Walker, portraying Eve, is a young minor who has literally lost everything to the Katrina disasters and finds herself homeless and alone. Thinking she has no place else to turn, and wanting to pursue something she has always been told she was good at, singing, she looks up the old former girlfriend of her deceased father and heads off to Hollywood to seek out a dream in hopes of something worth living for.
All are accompanied be a very talented cast of performers who make the production truly come to life, as well as some truly amazing choreographed dance numbers that knock the production out of the ball park. Mix this with the fact that every musical number performed is right out of some of the best Broadway musicals of all time, simply applied to this actual production, and you have a wonderful production that is not only uplifting, encouraging, intriguing, and challenging, but worth the time, and money to experience. This one is a definite must see.
Dreams in Variation is currently playing at the Hudson Theatre backstage through October 16th, which is located in the heart of Los Angeles’ Theatre Row at 6539 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA 90038. Tickets can be purchased by calling 323-960-7740, or logging onto the website at www.plays411.com/dreamsinvariation.
The California Theatre Critic