Matthew Hannon as Cradeau gives, by all accounts, a performance that’s nothing short of mesmerizing. In this latest twist on the Jean-Paul Sartre tale, his acting is better than perfect every step of the way. Knowing that this up ’n’ coming talent also directed the production only makes your jaw drop even further!

Annabel Turrado and Nicole A. Joubert manage to hold their own against him in this psychological journey through hell. Bobby Gold is creepy (in a good way) as the mysterious valet that leads them to their destinies.

The costume design and makeup were flawless, adding much to the drama and eccentricity of the tale. This play proves that a theater need not be large for its production to be grand!

The Lounge Theatre is located at 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/loungetheatre.