Five Uneasy Pieces
Review by Pauline Adamek
This review first appeared in the LA Weekly [link below]
Todd Waring's impressive self-penned solo show (with moody live accompaniment on double bass from Lyman Medeiros) plays like an actor's show reel.
His six short monologues demonstrate the middle-aged actor's command of a range of accents and personae, while the unpredictable subject matter swerves between dark, sinister, and emotional.
Characters range from a crotchety old black woman (with perfect, quaint Southern intonations) to a jovial Australian art instructor (broad accent is passable) whose simmering rage inadvertently surfaces in an art class, to a foul-mouthed street gangster and a tough-talking Special Ops sergeant ...
If there is a more talented chameleon than Mr. Waring, I haven't seen him/her. His characters are vivid and meaningful. I think the bass player adds to the mood of the show and is just another excellent choice made in the creation of a wonderful performance. You should make every effort to be a member of yet one more audience that feel that they are lucky to have seen Mr. Waring on stage....