Mosaic Theatre Salutes the Magic of the MoviesHooray for Hollywood, That screwy, ballyhooey Hollywood—Johnny Mercer, 1937The ins and outs of the magic that is the movies gets madcap treatment at the Mosaic Theatre in Plantation with Completely Hollywood (Abridged), a fast-paced homage to the Hollywood state of mind.
Completely Hollywood (Abridged) was written by Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor and Dominic Conti of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, the troupe famous for its show, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), in which the Bard’s history plays are summed up with a football metaphor and Titus Andronicus is chronicled as a cooking show.
In Completely Hollywood, (Abridged), movies get the same wacky treatment. The show references 197 movies, sometimes with extended riffs, sometimes with just a joke or sight gag. The period dramas adapted from Jane Austen novels meld with Charlie’s Angels to become an action-flick called Darcy’s Angels. Walt Disney and Akira Kurosawa team up for Snow White and the Seven Samurai. The Wizard of Oz melds with Star Wars for a futuristic fantasy.
The first act dissects the principals of movie making, such as don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story, and every new movie is two old movies put together: Klute plus My Fair Lady equals Pretty Woman. The second act takes all those movie clichés and combines them into one rollicking ride, as the three actors, cast as Hollywood wannabes, make their own movie.
Antonio Amadeo, Erik Fabregat, and Christian Rockwell form a tight ensemble. The three work together seamlessly, enjoying the pratfalls, groaner lines and cross-dressing costumes. Fabregat looks positively fetching in Dorothy’s blue gingham dress, with dark pigtails accentuated by a goatee.
Even through the show is an ensemble piece, each actor gets chances to hog the spotlight. Amadeo is hysterical as a nerd recounting high school hi-jinks and also as a movie lover driven to pantomiming multiple suicide attempts by a voice explaining why Rocky IV is his favorite movie. Rockwell is pitch-perfect as sheriff who also happens to be Al Gore. Fabregat is comically evil as a pussycat-petting villain.
Douglas Grinn’s nostalgic, detailed set is filled with Hollywood iconography: the audience walks a red carpet, past a movie marquee to enter the theatre; the floor is a re-imagined Hollywood Walk of Fame; the stage floor references the hand and footprints of Graumann’s Chinese Theatre. Ligthbox columns with silhouettes of Chaplin, Marilyn Rocky and E.T. grace the stage.