[maxgallery name=”foolsfury-thick-house-faulted-photos”]As the name suggests, the new play Faulted is about faults and earthquakes. Not in plate tectonics sense but in Greek-like gods perched on their Mount Olympus style podium above Los Angeles. Four fault gods are represented: Chatsworth (Gustavo Alonso), San Fernando (Paul Collins), Santa Susana (Joan Howard), and the all powerful Zeus-like San Andreas (Michael Uy Kelly). The gods are a motley bunch. Santa Susana is an atheltic high strung fault with a feverish need to prevent other gods from “quaking”. Chatsworth is an inactive happy fault with blond dreadlocks and a penchant towards peeping on people especially while they’re having sex. San Fernando is a punk rock style fault that gorges on In-N-Out food and wants to quake with Santa Susana. San Andreas, the king of faults, always comes dressed for the occasion and orates at length how he is going to reek havoc on the city.
The gods are just half the story. Meet Aurora (Debórah Eliezer). A hippie dressed woman that lives in a trailer and has an innate clairvoyant sense to predict earthquakes hours and days before they occur. She is studied by Mitch (Sam Bertken), a Caltech graduate student with an OCD girlfriend (Grace Ng). Through her interactions with the gods, Aurora predicts “the big one” is coming to ravage the city.
Admittingly, we found many character behaviors adding little purpose to the overall story and a weak cohesion between the god and Aurora narratives. But we found ourselves not over-analyzing the play and appreciating the high spirited acting, artistic set, and acrobatic movements. In addition, Thick House Theater’s steeply raked seating and small stage provided a high level of intimacy with the actors and good viewing of the overall set.