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'Los Feliz: 90027' Brings Soap Opera Television To The Stage

Sidne Phillips |
October 13, 2014 | 5:09 p.m. PDT


Rumer Willis and David Hull. Photo by Elliot London.
Rumer Willis and David Hull. Photo by Elliot London.
“Are you ready to see some titties?” writer and director Jake Wilson exclaims to a packed house, introducing the world premiere of his revolutionary new show. Half filmed and half staged, the racy and soap opera-esque “Los Feliz: 90027 (Episode 1)” brings the spectator closer than ever to the drama of the fictional waiters and waitresses of Rockwell Table and Stage.

Featuring original songs (Adam Wachter) and excellent covers of crowd favorites, the talentedand extremely attractivecast maneuvers their way through the tables and chairs of the audience while telling the tale of the classic Los Angeles story: isn’t everyone just trying to make it in the business?

The action begins immediately on screen, as aspiring musician Austin (David Hull) strums his guitar and sings on the street outside of Rockwell. Moving from the screen to the audience, the owner of the bar Sal (Sam Pancake) is in need of a new bartender. Austin steps up to the plate, consistently hinting that he would be able to provide entertainment for the bar, but Rockwell already has a star performer by the name of Jade (Corbin Reid). Austin also meets two beautiful waitresses, the timid Kit (Alex Ellis) and the enticing Veronica (Rumer Willis). 

Everyone at the bar simply wants to make it big. Kit’s sister Kimberly (Bridgette B.) has ditched her waitressing duties to follow her new dream of being a porn star; Veronica attempts to get involved with a wealthy frenemy by the name of Chelsea (Lisa Mindelle) who promises her an audition for a film; the self-entitled Jade is interrupted in her performance of Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin’ Bout You” by the ambitious Austin; and the wonderfully campy John Michael (Levi Freeman) just wants a chance in the spotlight as well. 

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The chemistry between the entire cast is nearly palpable it feels as though the characters have truly known each other for months or years, and the acting is natural throughout. Reid’s singing voice is a stand out, and Willis portrays the flirtatiousness and opposing softness of Veronica excellently. Hull’s wide-eyed and sanguine Austin coupled with his dreamy cover of “Not a Bad Thing” by Justin Timberlake simply melts hearts, making the whole venue fall hopelessly in love with him. 

The filmed segments intertwined with the live performances have a sense of professionalism that surpass the small venue they are screened in. The cinematography (Douglas E. Porter) and editing (Jake Wilson) are on the same level as any television show of the same genre. They also transition well from the screen to the stage, leaving the show flowing smoothly from one scene to the next.

Jake Wilson’s concept along with the dynamic and powerful cast of characters make for a cutting edge new show about a story almost everyone in L.A. can relate to. Miss this episode? Don’t worry all episodes will be online so anyone can catch up and make it to the next live episode in the series. “Los Feliz: 90027” may well be the beginning of an entirely new world of stage production.

"Los Feliz: 90027" will perform new episodes twice a month through February 15 at the Rockwell Table and Stage (1714 N. Vermont Ave, Los Feliz). Tickets are $15-$40. For more information visit www.Rockwell-La.com
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