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Addicted to George

George (Craig Gini) is the hunky Italian boyfriend with whom Leah (Ackerman) lives. George has landed a temporary job on a TV news show in Tel Aviv. Leah, of course, wants him to stay and to make a commitment.

George (Craig Gini) is the hunky Italian boyfriend with whom Leah (Ackerman) lives. George has landed a temporary job on a TV news show in Tel Aviv. Leah, of course, wants him to stay and to make a commitment.

George, afraid of giving up his dream and also of marriage, promises to be faithful but insists on leaving. Leah reluctantly gives in and resumes her daily routine ascounselor for patients with eating problems (or the “diet impaired”).

One of her patients, Katie (Jan Linder), is a chronic binger, calling all times of day and night. As does Leah’s friend Pamela (Mandy Komlosy).

Frequent calls between Leah and her mother (Millie Slavin) provide a fairly apt portrait of overall mother-grown daughter relationships. The only unexpected twist is the statement by Leah’s mother that she is “coming out of the closet” after having had a female lover for a year.

The phone calls take place on an artful stage design by Michael Shere. While the majority of the action takes place in Leah’s bedroom, Shere utilizes each corner and back of the stage by expertly lighting props and backdrops.

The wall is imaginatively broken as director Martin M. Speer allows each character to walk into Leah’s bedroom as the conversations intensify.

Yet despite effective performances and Ackerman’s ability to capture contemporary L.A., “Addicted” just isn’t very enthralling and the tidy ending further makes this a play long on formula and short on entertainment.

Addicted to George

(Melrose Theatre, Los Angeles; 99 seats; $ 14.50 top)

  • Production: A Greenwich Theater Company presentation of a play in two acts by Leslie Ackerman; director, Martin M. Speer; executive producer, Jeff Altman.
  • Crew: Sets, lighting, Michael Shere; costumes, Len Marcus; sound and original music, Tom Borrelli. Opened May 22, 1993; reviewed June 17; runs through June 27.
  • Cast: Leah ... Leslie Ackerman George ... Craig Gini Mom ... Millie Slavin Katie ... Jan Linder Pamela ... Mandy Komlosy Robert ... James Raftery Dr. Greenberg ... Stephen Mendel Actress/playwright Leslie Ackerman's "Addicted to George" is a comedic look at romance, sex and co-dependence in the '90s -- with all its complexities. These include heterosexual and homosexual love as well as the continuing problems of substance abuse, unfaithfulness and unwanted singleness. The result is too reminiscent of a mildly humorous sitcom.
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