Writer/director Stephen Legawiec presents an average play, but the actors have some fine and truly funny moments. Monastero is clever in his comic role. Achorn is a stock villain with little depth, but he pulls double duty as a diplomat named Bogezmo.
The cast is rounded out with Linga the puzzle girl (Anna Heinl), a court librarian, Yungio (David Valdez) and Quank (Julia Emelin). Quank is a terrific comic character – part Harpo Marx, part Lucille Ball. She has a terrific bit of audience interaction.
Miles Memorial Playhouse is located at 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. For more information, visit www.ziggurattheatre.org.