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L.A. premiere of ‘Rx’ offers a prescription of comedy

Rx,” by Kate Fodor offers a prescription of comedy in its Los Angeles premiere January 10 through March 2 at the Lost Studio on La Brea. Directed by John Pleshette, show opens 8 p.m. Saturday, January 11, 2014.

Los Angeles premiere of 'Rx.'
Los Angeles premiere of 'Rx.'
Courtesy of Ken Werther

Love and pharmaceuticals make for a strange cocktail in Kate Fodor’s piercing new comedy. Containing equally strong doses of satire and insight, Fodor’s play strikingly portrays our overmedicated society, which has a pill to alleviate every uncomfortable emotion. A winning combination of comedy and romance, “Rx” pokes gentle fun at our over-prescribed culture.

The cast features (in alphabetical order) Mina Badie, K Callan, Michael Dempsey, James Donovan, Kirsten Kollender, and Jonathan Pessin.

Fodor is a 2013 Guggenheim fellow in playwriting. Her other plays, including the much acclaimed and multi-awarded “Hannah and Martin” and “100 Saints You Should Know” have been produced by Playwrights Horizons, Epic Theatre Ensemble, San Jose Repertory Theatre, London’s Courtyard Theatre, and Chicago’s TimeLime Theatre, among others. She has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2008. Fodor’s work has been developed by Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Hartford Stage, and Center Theatre Group. She was named one of the “Eight to Watch” by the New York Times.

Pleshette returns to the Lost Studio where he has previously directed “The Grand Irrationality,” “Me,” “As a Penguin,” “Confusions,” “Mammals,” “No Man’s Land” and “The Caretaker,” which won an LA Weekly Award for Best Revival. As an actor, he appeared as a regular on “Knots Landing” and “Murder One,” and in the title role of the ABC mini-series “The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald.” Guest appearances include “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “N.C.I.S.” and “The Sopranos.” His film credits include featured roles in Blake Edwards’ “Mickey and Maude” and “S.O.B.”

“Rx” previews 8 p.m. Friday, January 10, opens 8 p.m. Saturday, January 11 and performs8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday through March 2. Tickets for the preview are $15 and for all other performances admission is $25. Visit www.plays411.com/rx or by call 323-960-7780.

The Lost Studio is located at 130 S. La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles. Street parking is available.