“Koalas are Dicks” is at 80 St Marks Place and is about a coke snorting daytime TV star Koala. The play takes place without an intermission and is staged with just one set. a motel adjacent to LAX.
The play takes us through a Koala,Brody, (Peter Dettmann), who just sold his house and is living permanently at the motel. Hanna, (Tiffany Mc Rae), is Brody’s wrangler and studio assistant, is trying to get Brody to come back to the studio. Brody’s agent, Ross, (Patrick Horn), is desperately doing everything he can to get Brody back to the set, as the show needs just twelve more episodes to go into syndication, which would mean hundreds of millions of dollars. We then meet the one man entourage, Davey, Larry Phillips), who both wrote and acts in the show. He is a former snuff actor in the porn industry. Also stressed out about his leaving is Allison, (Phoebe Leonard), she is the co star and since she is pregnant with Brody’s half human, half marsupial, does not want to have to be forced back into classical theater where she was trained as it does not pay as well. The last character we meet is Shea, (Griffin Hennelly), a male prostitute.
The set was very effective in this play, the stained walls, the cheap velour chairs, the cheap stained lamps and bed, you really felt like you were part of the action in this motel room. The set and directing made for some great laughs and comedic timing. Davey and Brody worked well together to garner laughs throughout the performance. Hannah was very effective playing a stressed out handler worried about her job as she watched in horror Brody snorting coke, drinking from a vodka bottle with a straw and sniffing gasoline.Allison and Shea were also hilarious at times as they all tried to get Brody back to the set, as he was all there meal ticket. The only weak person in the cast was Ross, (Patrick Horn), he stumbled on his lines and his delivery was staggered.
Koalas plays till the 24th of February. It is an entertaining show, Ben Liebert directed this show and was very effective in the interaction with all these characters on such a small stage.
I do think that Phillips would have to work out some things if he wants this show to expand to a bigger audience in the future. Even though the show moves well, it has some lulls in it as well as parts that do not blend or jive.
I liked this play, it is light hearted and funny as it deals with the dark side of people through humor.
Robert M Massimi.