“Sexy Laundry” Interview

Paul Ben-Victor and Frances Fisher talk about their play, Sexy Laundry, in the following video interview.  Sexy Laundry is now playing at the Hayworth Theater in Los Angeles through March 16, 2008. 

I embedded the video into this blog post, but could only get it to work intermittingly.  If it doesn’t work for you, click on the link below to go directly to the video on YouTube.

Sexy Laundry Interview


Paul in “Sexy Laundry”

Shirtless PaulPaul Ben-Victor and Frances Fisher are now starring in Michael Rimi’s production Sexy Laundry at the Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles.  Sexy Laundry is described as a “saucy, hilarious and extremely touching look at making love in middle age.”  Here’s a peak at the play’s poster.

Sexy Laundry opens February 8 and runs through March 16.  Previews started February 1, but there is still time to catch the last preview tomorrow, February 7.  Performances run from Thursday to Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  A couple of special performances have been added on Saturday, February 9, at 2:00 p.m. and Wednesday, February 13, at 8:00 p.m. 


The Hayworth Theatre
2509 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90057
Phone:  (213) 389-9860
Email:  info@thehayworth.com

Tickets are $25. Preview performances (February 1, 2, 3 and 7) are $15. For Reservations, visit http://www.thehayworth.com/sexylaundry.html or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/26476.  Or you can call (800) 838-3006.

Paul in “Machiavelli”

Paul Ben-Victor will be appearing on stage for one night only on Monday, September 24, at 8:00 p.m. to perform a staged reading of Machiavelli.  The reading is a part of The Hayworth Theatre’s Bruno Kirby Celebrity Reading Series.

From Playbill comes this description:  “Set in Florence in the early 1500s, Machiavelli centers on a military police major and his wife who ‘must use their wits to navigate the outrageous whims and violent behavior the Medici family… as well as  their own daughter’s shocking rebellion,’ according to production notes.”

Tickets are $15.  Parking is $7.  For reservations visit Brown Paper Tickets  or call 213-389-9860.   


Hayworth Theatre
2511 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057
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“The Dreamer Examines His Pillow”

That’s the name of Eddie Jones’ new play, which is currently playing at the McCadden Place Theatre in Hollywood, California!  Eddie’s wife, Anita Khanzadian, is directing.  The play started September 6 and it runs until October 14.  Six weeks only, so don’t hesitate if you want to see Eddie perform live! 

Days and times:

Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday Matinees at 2:00 p.m.


Thursday – Saturday $20
Sunday $15


Phone Reservations:  (818) 765-8732


McCadden Place Theatre
1157 N. McCadden Place
Hollywood, CA  90038

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Dreamer MySpace Page
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Dreamer Poster

An Update on “The Good Steno” and “Should’ve Been Romeo”

More articles have been written about Paul Ben-Victor’s play The Good Steno, which he co-wrote with his mother, Leah Kornfeld Friedman.

Paul and His Mother, Leah Kornfeld Friedman

Bloomberg.com writes an entertaining and informative article about the play and in it we also get a tidbit of personal info about Paul.  Paul’s age is revealed to be 48.  It also says that he is the youngest of three children. 

Reading farther down the article, I was happy that we finally get to hear an update about Paul’s screenplay Should’ve Been Romeo, which he collaborated on with his mother, “about a middle-aged actor forced to care for his live-in grandfather.”  According to the article, it “is currently making the rounds of producers’ offices.”  Let’s hope it gets optioned! 

Heading over to the The Good Steno website, you’ll see that a blog has been added to the site.  Just click the link at the top of the page or scroll down a bit to see it.  Clicking on any article will take you to the actual blog site.  Do check out the pictures of Paul and his parents! 

Exploring The Good Steno blog even more, you’ll see that Variety magazine wrote a very nice review about the play that is quoted in this blog post.

There are just three more weeks left to see Paul perform live on stage!  So if you don’t want to miss out, go to http://www.thegoodsteno.com/ to purchase tickets.

Reviews Coming In for “The Good Steno”

I’m passing on to all of you a link and some audience reviews that Paul Ben-Victor sent me yesterday.  The link is to a great article about Paul’s play The Good Steno, which is currently playing at the Hayworth Theater in Los Angeles, California.  He also included some raving audience reviews (see below).

I love the mother/son picture of Paul and his mom, Leah Cornfeld Friedman, that is included in the article.  To read the article and view the pictures go to http://www.broadwayworld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=15798.

Paul’s play runs until March 25, 2007, so there’s still time to catch it!  Go to www.thegoodsteno.com for ticket information.

Audience Reviews

“The Good Steno” is one of the best plays I’ve seen anywhere in years.  Absolute perfection: the writing, the casting, the acting, the staging, the music, the choreography, the fun, the laughs and pain intermingled seamlessly and with great effect.  I have recommended it to friends, colleagues and family with full confidence that I have done them a great favor if they check out what theater is meant to be and do for the human heart and psyche.

We still can’t stop talking or thinking about the play…the inventiveness, the performances, the continuity, the structure, the choreography, the UNBELIEVABLE talent all around!  It is so rare to go to a play where everyone knocks it out of the ballpark!!  Seriously.  SERIOUSLY.
A sensational job on all fronts!
Jen & Steve

The Good Steno is a must-see! The stellar writing gives a sense of total authenticity to the time and place. The cast of beautifully-crafted characters delivers a jaw-dropping performance. The story unfolds at a pace unbeknownst to Black Box theatre ’til now. The comedy, the suspense…it stays with you for days…
Amy Belasen

What a  magnificent play!  What wonderful work Leah and Paul did together – the characters and the world they created stays with me!
sally lapidus

Thanks again for the wonderful evening. I really enjoyed the play… the wonderful  dialogue / language and Paul Ben-Victor’s excellent acting and direction. Wow – there sure was a lot going on on that  stage.

Well, I’m blown away. What a beautifully realized production. Great cast, great direction and a fabulous play. I loved it all and it certainly captured a time and place that resonates for me.

We have told many friend’s about the play . I thought about it for several days after. It was FANTASTIC!!!  WOW! What an undertaking!  We haven’t seen great theater in such a long time.

Had a great time the other night. Really great piece of work.  Acting was superb.  Do you know if there’s any way I could get a copy of Paul Ben-Victor’s play? I’d really like to read it before I see it AGAIN.
All the best,

We loved the play.  I seriously can’t wait to see it again!

I heard it was great!  I’m def coming.
mike rappaport

Eddie Continues His Role in “Death of a Salesman”

Death of a SalesmanIf you’ve missed Eddie Jones‘ previous performances in Death of a Salesman, you’ve got another chance to see him shine in this role.  Eddie has sent the following note, as well as a great review, that I’m passing on to all of you. 

Hello All,
I have been given the privilege of playing Willy again. I think I am getting pretty close to getting it right. Check our production out. Please.

Death of a Salesman at the Odyssey
A Review By Kelly Monaghan

Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman enjoys iconic status in the American theatrical canon and justly so. However, in an odd way, its success has worked against it.  Revivals tend to attract mega-stars to the role of Willie Loman and the productions built around them tend to strive for operatic grandeur. The result is often less than successful, as perfectly illustrated by recent productions starring Dustin Hoffman and Brian Dennehy. The Willies we get in these bloated, star-driven vehicles are intriguingly idiosyncratic (Hoffman) or downright bathetic (Dennehy), but the play inevitably suffers.

Now Los Angeles’ estimable Odyssey Theatre is presenting a human-scale reading of the play that allows it to speak with the quiet power that I think Miller intended.

The Odyssey production, under the unobtrusive direction of Bob Collins, allows veteran character actor Eddie Jones to turn in a masterful performance that is quite literally heart-wrenching. I have never seen Miller’s merciless deconstruction of the American myth of success rendered more powerfully or more simply. I confess that I am unfamiliar with Jones’ work, but if this isn’t the greatest performance of his career then I feel cheated from having missed him in earlier roles.

Linda Loman, Willie’s long-suffering wife, is often portrayed as a beaten-down woman in performances that are muted to avoid drawing attention from the star. Anne Gee Byrd is something a revelation, giving us a Linda Loman who lives up to Biff’s description of her as a “woman with substance.” She is quite simply superb, every inch Jones’ equal and, through her love and loyalty, we are able to see the Willie that was in the sad, beaten man who is.

Ivan Baccarat (Biff) and Aaron McPherson (Happy) as the Loman’s flawed sons do a good job of making concrete the fatal flaws in the world view Willie wants so desperately to pass on to them. Baccarat works especially well with Jones. The scene late in the play in which Biff sees Willie at his most-human and most-pathetic is embarrassing to watch, which is just as it should be.

Miller, unlike most other playwrights, has the gift of creating small roles that allow good actors to score indelible impressions with a few scant moments of stage time. The supporting performers in this production seize the opportunity. Robert Machray (Uncle Ben), Alan Charof (Charley), Jeremy Shouldis (Bernard), and Lou Volpe (Stanley, the waiter) are all excellent. And Jill Jacobson (The Woman) makes Willie’s cruel betrayal of Linda perfectly understandable.

This is, quite simply, a superb production of a great American classic. If you are in the L.A. area, don’t miss it.

Salesman runs from January 20th through February 25th. Tickets are $22 to $26, with discounts for students and union actors. For more information call 310-477-2055 or log on to www.odysseytheatre.com.

See Paul Perform Live on Stage

If you’ve always wanted to see Paul Ben-Victor perform live on stage (what fan wouldn’t?), now is your chance.  The Good Steno is coming to the Hayworth Theater in Los Angeles, California.  It will be playing every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night at 8:00 p.m. from February 9 through March 25.  Previews will be on February 3 and 4.

The Good Steno was written by Paul and his mother, Leah Kornfeld Friedman.  Paul also directs and stars in this play.  Busy guy!

The theater is located at:

Hayworth Theater
2509 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 
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Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets via their website or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

Paul Ben-Victor