Los Angeles

Los Angeles Poverty Department, No Stone for Studs Schwartz

Boyd Street Theater

No Stone for Studs Schwartz, 1987, is an unlikely success, but it packed this theater on Skid Row for two months and, at this writing, is still playing to enthusiastic audiences and rave reviews. Even though its story line is barely coherent and its cast often appears nearly out of control, this group improvisation by the Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) displays an energy and craft that has made it the hottest ticket in town, drawing audiences to a dangerous downtown neighborhood crowded with street people who huddle in dirt lots over bonfires of trash.

Studs Schwartz is a flashback life-story of a small-time union organizer as he flees the mob from Brooklyn to Chicago to Miami to Key West to Jamaica, plus additional scenes in Vietnam and Israel. It’s a musical comedy of sorts, jamming bits of calypso and “Hava Nagila” in between its brief but information-packed love scenes, fistfights,

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