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LAist Theatre Review: Hurricane Season @ Eclectic Company Theatre

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No, it's not Beetlejuice, it'sGarrett Liggett (l.), Mason Hallberg, Evan Shafran, Rebecca Lane in 'Sally Spectre' at the Eclectic Company Theatre's Hurricane Season. / Photo credit: Rebecca Bonebrake.

We’re big fans of one-act and short play competitions around town because it gives LAist an opportunity to see some of the most creative work on stage by up-and-coming writers on one night. But sometimes, too, you have to sit through mediocre and pedantic productions to get to the good stuff – and that’s exactly what happened Saturday night at the Eclectic Company in North Hollywood -- opening weekend of the Fifth Annual Hurricane Season: One-Act Playwriting Competition.

We watched three short plays in Saturday’s competition. The winner, voted for by audience ballot, will move on to final rounds of the Hurricane Season Festival and Competition.

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The evening opened with the quirky “Fish: A Love Story” by Evan Lai. Brent Schindele played Chris, who meets the goldfish (Nick Freilich) who loved him in a previous life. The former goldfish is gay, and it turns out that Chris is too. The entertaining play provided a few laughs, but we couldn’t tell by Freilich’s distracting facial expressions whether he was trying not to laugh or whether he was in character.