Ignored

There is no reason for the existence of such a slipshod effort as "Ignored" other than as a dubious showcase for its writer/producer/fight choregrapher/star , Stan Derain.

With:
Ray ... Stan Derain Tina ... Donna Magnani John ... J. Haran Rick ... John Williams Vickie ... Jackie Debatin Cheri ... Tina Kotrich Papa, Boss ... Todd Hoenig Vangie, Rene, Lady ... Lori Anna Pizzo Lucy, Judge ... Dawn Stroupe Everyman ... Antonio Soria II Dancers: Dorene Herod, Rashawni Welcome, Theresa Pennella, Doison Soares, DeAnne Pennella, Adrienne Artega, Tina Diodati, Aury.

There is no reason for the existence of such a slipshod effort as “Ignored” other than as a dubious showcase for its writer/producer/fight choregrapher/star , Stan Derain.

Derain has fashioned a tale that provides ample opportunity to exhibit his finely sculpted physique and display a bit of martial arts dexterity but little else. Its flimsy plot is further sabotaged by even flimsier production values, clumsy staging and a large but woefully under-rehearsed ensemble.

Derain has cast himself as Ray, a rap-spouting Hollywood stud who is ever on the prowl with his pal, the sex-crazed Rick (John Williams).

Ray is finally tamed by true love when he meets Tina (Donna Magnani), a wannabe dancer who is fleeing the abusive charms of her psychotically possessive boyfriend John (J. Haran).

Act 1 ends with Ray and Tina headed for wedded bliss as John goes on a murder spree.

The second act flash-forwards five years into the not-so-blissful conjugal life of Ray and Tina. Ray has been transformed into a 12-hour-a-day workaholic office manager who no longer has the time or the energy to provide Tina the particular brand of affection that first won her heart.

Feeling ignored and neglected, Tina is wooed back into the bed of John (who has conveniently escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane). As he battles John, Ray rediscovers his love for Tina and his martial arts expertise.

Derain and Magnani have little to offer but attractiveness and sincerity as the burdened lovers. Faring much better are Haran and Williams. The rest of the ensemble barely manage to keep from running into each other under Stanley Freitag’s sketchy staging.

Ignored

(Richard Pryor Theatre, Hollywood; 223 seats; $ 15 top)

Production: Stan Derain presents a play in two acts by Stan Derain; director, Stanley Freitag; producer-fight choreographer, Derain.

Creative: Set design, Brian Conn; lighting, Chuck Wilcox; sound, Bill Schlueter; choreography, Talesha Bennett. Opened Aug. 13, 1993; reviewed Aug. 14; runs through Sept. 12.

Cast: Ray ... Stan Derain Tina ... Donna Magnani John ... J. Haran Rick ... John Williams Vickie ... Jackie Debatin Cheri ... Tina Kotrich Papa, Boss ... Todd Hoenig Vangie, Rene, Lady ... Lori Anna Pizzo Lucy, Judge ... Dawn Stroupe Everyman ... Antonio Soria II Dancers: Dorene Herod, Rashawni Welcome, Theresa Pennella, Doison Soares, DeAnne Pennella, Adrienne Artega, Tina Diodati, Aury.

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