Good Fishermen Know A Lot About Sex is a musically driven family drama that does a good job exploring the struggles of a family's encounter with addiction, coupled with an extremely worthy cause of donating all proceeds to inner-city artistic programs and sober living communities.
Written and Directed by Alexa Karas,
Music By Konner Scott
Hudson Guild Theatre 6539 Santa Monica Blvd Los Angeles , CA 90038
October 11th- Nov 3rd
Running time: 80 minutes with no intermission
Sensitive subject matter in relation to drug abuse. Please be advised.
Tickets at https://www.goodfishermen.com/ or by clicking here.
Each day more than 130 people in the United States pass away from an opioid overdose. A severe national crisis, the abuse of and addiction to opioids ravages individuals and leaves a heavy toll on families that are affected. Alexa Karas's new play Good Fishermen Know A Lot About Sex is about one such family and how they are coping and growing after one of its members struggles with dependency.
The story follows a family of four on a much-needed getaway to Hawaii. The daughter Ally (Kelley Pierre) serves as the anchor for the family, Father Frank (Peter Miller) is trying to learn how to best cope with his sons addiction, Karen the Mother (Dorothy Dillingham Blue) possesses an enormous amount of unconditional love for her children despite it not always being easy at times and Nate the son (Ryan Lee Hughes) is attempting moment-to-moment to overcome coping with withdrawal and dealing with the fear of relapse.
The family decides to charter a fishing boat, the "Little Lavergne," helmed by Big Tuna (Jimmy Clabots/Earl Baylon) and deckhand Keisho (Konner Scott/Kit Thornberry) as an attempt to move past the recent tribulations. Throughout the play, through both songs and with some encouragement from Big Tuna, the family learns some hard lessons about moving forward and the importance of leaning on your family when life seems determined to keep you in place.
The first thing you notice is the outstanding set design, the team has meticulously crafted an entire hull of the boat that encapsulates the stage within the intimate Hudson Theatre. Fully equipped with two fishing poles ready to cast out and catch a monster yellowfin aboard the high seas.
Performances by Kelley Pierre as Ally and Dorothy Dillingham Blue as Karen are solid and ground the rest of the cast; they both do a believable job of showing the pain and heartbreak of a family member seeing their loved one in pain.
The music is composed by Konner Scott, which helps propel the overall story forward. I particularly enjoyed and caught myself humming along to "The Aloha Life." performed by Clabots and the rest of of cast.
The show does have opportunities for improvements. Particularly the final twist, which felt a little unclear and rushed.
Overall, this show does a solid job of highlighting the struggles a family encounters with addiction. Additionally, all profits made from this show will go towards opioid abuse prevention efforts and after school art programs. If you have the opportunity, I encourage you to check this one out to not only help bring awareness but donate to this important issue.