'How To Be A Rock Critic' Celebrates Life Of Lester Bangs
June 24, 2015 at 5:49 AM (PT)
"How To Be A Rock Critic," a play that incorporates the writings of the late rock critic LESTER BANGS, opened at the KIRK DOUGLAS THEATER in CULVER CITY, CA, and runs through this SUNDAY.
The one-man show, a co-production by SOUTH COAST REPORTORY and CENTER THEATRE GROUP, stars ERIK JENSEN, who co-wrote the play with his wife JESSICA BLANK, as BANGS, the famed gonzo rock critic who passed away in 1982 at the age of 33 after writing for CREEM, ROLLING STONE and the VILLAGE VOICE, among many others. He was memorably portrayed by PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN in CAMERON CROWE's 2000 movie "Almost Famous."
The L.A. TIMES called JENSEN's performance "formidable" and "a fine-edged turn ... something to see," concluding, "This promising solo show absolutely inflicts BANGS' ethos on us."