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Wicked new comedy ‘L.A. Deli’ by Sam Bobrick

L.A. Deli, a new comedy by Sam Bobrick, has been set for the Marilyn Monroe Theatre in West Hollywood, helmed by award-winning director Walter Painter. L.A. Deli will play two preview performances on 8 p.m. Friday, March 21 and 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22 with opening set for 8 p.m. Saturday, March 22.

New comedy 'L.A. Deli.'
Courtesy of Ken Werther

L.A. Deli is a series of comedic sketches that take place in a Hollywood delicatessen giving the audience a wicked and hilarious look inside show business. The cast of outrageous, shameless, and sometimes certifiable characters includes movie and TV producers, writers, directors, actors, their wives, ex-wives, and a very patient waitress named Kathleen. Some of the events portrayed actually happened to the playwright, some to his friends, and some to people he just happened to be sitting next to at lunch.

The cast will feature (in alphabetical order) Rachel Boller, Scott Kruse, Jeffrey Landman, Melinda Peterson, Phil Proctor, and Darrin Revitz.

Bobrick has written and co-written over 40 plays, many of them performed throughout the world, including “Norman, Is That You?,” “Death In England,” “Passengers,” “Getting Sara Married” and without William Shakespeare’s blessing, “Hamlet II (Better Than the Original).” To date, 21 of his plays have been published by Samuel French with more to follow. In 2011, he won the prestigious Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for his play “The Psychic.” Bobrick’s extensive TV writing credits have earned him three Writers Guild of America awards and an Emmy nomination. Some of his television credits include “Captain Kangaroo,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Get Smart” and “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.”

L.A. Deli performs 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday through April 27. General seating admission is $20 for previews and $30 for regular performances. Visit www.plays411.com/ladeli or by call 323-960-7738.

The Marilyn Monroe Theatre at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute is located at 7936 Santa Monica Boulevard (one block west of Fairfax), in West Hollywood. Street parking is available.