Some Explicit Polaroids

by Mark Ravenhill

Failed assassination attempts, New Age strippers, Techno music, Russian go-go boys, anarchist sell-outs, AIDS cocktails, horny ghosts, beautiful bodies, abusive lovers, business execs on the rampage and lots and lots of E...Welcome to Happy World!

Our award-wining 2003 hit, with the original cast!

Directed by Dave Barton. Warning: Contains nudity, sex and other adult themes.


Where:      The Celebration Theatre
7051 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA. 90038

 Prices:        $20 General admission

 Reservation line: 213-446-8869

 Fridays and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday Matinees at 2:30

Thursday night June 23, June 30 and July 7 at 8:00 p.m.


Corporate head Jonathan (Cramer): “You can spend your time like Helen. Rush around, regulate a bit. Soften the blow for a few of the losers. All very necessary. Important work. Absolutely. But rather dull. I think it’s made Helen rather dull…Or you can say hey-ho—this is the way things are. So let’s get in there and make the most of it. How about that shower?”

Victor (Bennett) and Tim (Parker) share some junk food:”Train in the tunnel. Chug. Chug. Chug.”

Helen (Martin) and Nick (Jennings):”Ruined everything. With your gestures. Your anger.”


As ex-con Nick (Bryan Jennings) watches, Nadia (Tai) looks in the mirror: “I’m a nice person. But that’s quite a new thing you know? We had to practice. With a mirror. I’m a nice person. I had to give myself permission to do that you know? Because before, of course, no-one was giving me permission…”

From left: At the airport, Russian go-go boy Victor (Keith Bennett) meets Tim (Steven E. Parker), the man who downloaded him, and Tim’s best friend, table dancer Nadia (Erika Tai).


Nadia (Tai) sees the after-effects of Nick’s assassination attempt on Jonathan (David Cramer) and reaches out to him: “I’ll kiss it better.”


Nick (Jennings) listens quietly as Helen (Jill Cary Martin) mourns the state of the nation: “And now finally there’s a chance to do something. Too late for anything big. Too much lost for any grand gestures. But trying to pick up the pieces. Trying to create a few possibilities for the bits of humanity that are left. I’ve seen those bastards fuck up the country all these years. Now I want to do something about it.”


From left: As Tim (Parker) and Nick (Jennings) talk about the way the world has changed since 1984, a whizzed-out Victor (Bennett) wants to dance.


What the critics are saying -

“The overall experience is more gratuitous than revolutionary.”—James Bartlett - Variety

"Ravenhill's play isn't perfect: The narrative falters midway through, and the subplots feel artificially spun out. But this is a comparatively minor cavil, considering the power and force of his scathing philosophical worldview, which is powerfully conveyed in director Dave Barton's evocatively passionate production." - Paul Birchall - Backstage West

"The performances are sublime. Director Dave Barton handles the explicit sexual scenes effectively and brings out the sharp poignancy beneath the characters’ thick-skinned exteriors. The riveting production is brutally honest, yet redeemed by the resonant tragedy of characters desperate for human connection." ---  Les Spindle - FRONTIERS

"Director Dave Barton zeroes in on the torment of these seemingly vapid souls by relentlessly careening the characters towards self-destruction and then exploring their pain and desperation with a naked and delicate honesty. A fearless ensemble of actors pulls off the daunting challenges of Ravenhill's text with brutal grace." --- ASM -

"Such bathos notwithstanding, director Dave Barton serves up a polished production with only a few smudges — some wobbly accents, and a couple of actors not quite in their characters’ skin." --- Steven Leigh Morris - LA Weekly

"Within all of the sadism and silliness, a serious backbone of desire and loss carries through, pulling it all together into a poignant exploration of the human condition." --- Sarika Chawla - INLA Magazine