The Play's the Thing

Tired of the same Friday night group dinner routine? Looking for an alternative to sushi-and-a-movie? Darn TV broke? Read on.

Imagine this: A darkened theater. A stage. That’s right: a play! Right here in L.A.! A novel idea for many, but if you’re game…

Tape, the first full-length play produced in L.A. by New York’s illustrious Naked Angels company, opens tonight.

The roller-coaster ride starts when three friends reunite ten years after high school in a seedy Michigan motel room to deal with a shocking sexual encounter and the unraveling of friendships in the aftermath.

The rest? We won’t spoil it. The play is riveting. Thought-provoking. And it’s actually very funny. You may have seen the movie version with Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan, and Uma, but this updated stage version starring Dominic Fumusa, Josh Stamberg, and newcomer Alison West is the real McCoy.

Just be warned: You might take a shine to this kind of thing.

“Tape” at the Coast Playhouse, 8325 Santa Monica Boulevard, between Kings Road and Sweetzer Avenue, West Hollywood (323-856-4200). Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. through May 11, 2002.