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Lessons on love and life at the WCP

THE CAST of “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” at the Westminster Community Playhouse (WCP photo).

By Thom deMartino
It’s certain there are a number of life lessons we could have used growing up:
“Being an adult is dirty work.”
“To love something, and to possess it, are not the same thing.”
“None of us are pure.” (Cynical, but true, to be sure.)
Striking, moving, and even hysterical examples of some of these life lessons are on full display for just one more weekend at the Westminister Community Playhouse, as they present “All I Really Need to Know I Learned In Kindergarten.” Directed by Priscilla Gonzalez, and based off the best-selling book by author Robert Fulghum, “Kindergarten” is more than just a collection of anecdotes on life, living, mortality and belief: it’s a shift of perspective for all of us, embroiled in the drudgery of day-to-day life.
The multi-faceted talents of WCP actors Sarah Hoeven, Phyllis Nofts, Jason Cook, Richard De Vicariis, Eduardo Mora and J.D. Rinde bring to life a variety of scenes, in a tapestry of experience — often funny, reflective, or both.
“Yes! Of Course I Can” sets the mood, positing that as we grow and age, we lose – or misplace – our own belief in ourselves, and our capabilities; “Problems and Inconveniences” puts our minor, trivial daily misfortunes in stark contrast to real tragedy; and “Larry Walters Flies” presents a true-life story of a man’s unconventional means to fulfill his dream … in a fashion that may seem curiously familiar to viewers.
All of the parts of the show intertwine to become a tremendously beautiful and meaningful whole: something special, that all ages can appreciate, and take to heart.
It’s virtually impossible to single out one striking performance – all the players are remarkable, rotating the role of narrator, as the others play out the scene. In “MOTB” (Mother of the Bride, that is,) Jason Cook presents a light-hearted – and colorful – look at family and relationships, while Sarah Hoeven unfolds the best-of-intentions-gone-awry tale of “The Briefcase”… and J.D. Rinde is comic gold as participant – rather than narrator – in the parable of belief entitled “Howard.”
The entire cast make this a production to behold, with something for everyone: lessons from life given beautiful comedic form by the players —  something that will stay with the audience, long after the (figurative) curtain closes.
“All I Really Need to Know I Learned In Kindergarten,” with Jason Cook, Richard De Vicariis, Sarah Hoeven, Eduardo Mora, Phyllis Nofts and J.D Rinde star in this witty collection of anecdotes and observations about life and love, morality and mortality. Playing through Sunday, July 22 at the Westminister Community Playhouse, 7272 Maple St, Westminster, CA 92683: ticketing information available online at, or call 714-893-8626.

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