“Insupressable” rocks the Fringe Festival

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It is a short play, only about 40 minutes. It has a relatively large cast eight for a fairly diminutive venue. It is actually a musical. It is also a powerful message delivered with humor and wit and it is based upon noted actor/producer Leah Remini who is also very much anti-Church of Scientology.

In the role of Leah Remini is the abundantly talented Leslie Rubino. Over a very short time span we see Leah transition from a very unhappy low level worker aboard a ship, to a rapidly rising star and finally a very much disillusioned member of the Church of Scientology. For obvious reasons there is also a portrayal of Tom Cruise played by Daved Wilkins. It is all very well played if at times a little chaotic and it tells a tale long well known especially in Hollywood.

It is uniquely intriguing to me because very many years ago now when I hosted a local radio talk show on one occasion I opened the phone lines to all who wanted to call and discuss the Church of Scientology. I had no preconceived opinions but I was flabbergasted by what I heard many callers describe as truly horrifying experiences with Scientology. This play is yet another well done portrayal of some of the most egregious behaviors of the Church.

Neither Leah Remini nor the Church of Scientology in any way or manner sanctioned or authorized this show, which in my view gives it added strength. Nevertheless what happens on stage for 40 minutes is genuinely entertaining and as much about humor as animosity. It is a show well worth seeing and you may do so on these remaining dates.

  • Thursday, June 15th at 8:30 p.m.
  • Friday, June 23rd at 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 24th at 4:00 p.m.
The L. Run Hubbard Life Exhibition in Hollywood
(Tim Forkes)

It is at the Actor’s Company Theatre, 916 N. Formosa Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90046.

Tickets may be purchased online here.

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