Sunday media: Fame is going, but not gone, with Ken Levine’s play set in the Dodger Stadium press box

Ken Levine, center, with actors, from left: Troy Metcalf, Dennis Pearson, David Babich and Annie Abrams (from KenLevine.com/blogspot.com)

Ken Levine, center, with actors, from left: Troy Metcalf, Dennis Pearson, David Babich and Annie Abrams (from KenLevine.com/blogspot.com)

In “Going …. Going … GONE!”,  the new play that’s out at the Hudson Theater in Hollywood, one might find a connection to the 1970s play “Bleacher Bums,” about a group of fans who commiserates and tolerates each other in the Wrigley Field stands.
img_6901Playwright Ken Levine also seems to channel a bit of the Disney movie “Inside Out” to examine how emotions like joy, anger, sadness, fear and disgust battle with each other. Not just in someone’s head here, but in a diluted press box setting that creates its own angst as it continues on a trend of downsizing with the realism of newspaper layoffs and changing technology.
We saw the play Friday and saw how, as a sportswriter, it does hit home with a lot of truism about how the media, in the role of messenger and historian, may not take the time to internalize their own self worth or, most interesting, how others might view their legacy when they’re long gone.
Here’s our review of the play starring Amy Abrams, David Babich, Dennis Pearson and Troy Metcalf, directed by Andrew Barnicle and continuing a run through Nov. 20.

More info:
= Hudson Guild Theatre
6539 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles 90036
Tickets ($30): 323.960.5521 or www.plays411.com/gone
Current schedule of performances:
Fridays at 8 p.m.: Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18
Saturdays at 8 pm.: Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19
Sundays at 3 p.m.: Oct. 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20
Also:
= A story by SCNG feature reporter Sandra Barerra with Levine as the play began its run.
= Our recent media notes story about Ken Levine’s tribute to Vin Scully.

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