Theater Recommendation: A CLEAN BRUSH (World Premiere | Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills)

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by John Todd on September 1, 2022

in Theater-Los Angeles


Norm Foster has been called “the Neil Simon of Canada.” The remarkably prolific author of 54 plays (with more on the way) is Canada’s most popular and successful playwright. He’s Theatre 40’s favorite playwright, too. His new play will be the sixth that they’ve produced. Now, the king of Canadian comedy is letting Theatre 40 produce the World Premiere engagement of A Clean Brush.

A Clean Brush tells the story of two house painters, Dick and Mello, who land a job painting a room in the basement of recently-widowed Zoe Craig’s home. Zoe’s husband died in the room when he ‘accidentally’ fell into a stand of fireplace implements and suffered a severe head trauma, and now Zoe is looking to turn the room into a rental cash cow. The house painters think this is just another job until Zoe’s nosy neighbor stops by and plants doubt in the painter’s minds as to what really happened to the Widow Craig’s clumsy spouse. Complicating matters, Mello falls for the gorgeous Zoe. But are Mello and Dick being asked to cover up a murder?

Howard Storm directs. An A-list stand-up comedian, he left the comedy club circuit to direct television comedy, including Mork & Mindy (58 episodes), Rhoda, Laverne & Shirley, Taxi, Major Dad, Alf, Gimme a Break, Everybody Loves Raymond. He also directed Jim Carrey’s feature film debut Once Bitten. On stage, Howard was a member of the famed troupe The Committee and teamed up with the late Pat Harrington Jr. in jimmy and Sam (at Theatre 40) and in Harrington & Storm. One of Theatre 40’s resident directors, Howard directed Norm Foster’s Reservations for Six.

Howard’s cast for A Clean Brush includes Mandy Fason (The Metromaniacs), Susan Priver (indie hit thriller Night Caller), Michael Kerr and James Lemire.

Fans of Norm Foster’s plays know that they will come to the theatre prepared to laugh. Hijinks and hilarity will ensue.

A Clean Brush
world premiere engagement of a new comedy by Norm Foster
(runs in repertory with Basement Folly)
Theatre 40, Reuben Cordova Theatre, 241 S. Moreno Dr. in Beverly Hills
Thurs-Sat at 8; Sun at 2
September 22- October 23, 2022
for tickets ($35), call 310.364.0535 or visit Theatre 40

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