Witty, revealing dialogue. Performances are sharp and convincing...humor is undeniable

stage raw

RECOMMENDED:  Basketball, race and culture have been the topics du jour of late, thanks to L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling, and our culture's capacity to turn ugly private remarks into a public circus of bigotry and its discontents.

Read more: Humor is undeniable!

Pray To Ball an inventive take on a little-explored topic


Highly promising talent bounces through "Pray to Ball" at the Skylight Theatre. Amir Abdullah's tersely entertaining examination of Islam, college basketball and friendship has some new-play issues, but it's undeniably heartfelt and thought-provoking.

Read more: Genuinely Original!

Amidst Donald Sterling Controversy, There's a New L.A. Play About Racism in Basketball (GO!)

Read more: GO! Pray To Ball wins the award...

 A hearty slice of life and thought-provoking entertainment

LA PostFriendship is forever, until it's not.

Two kids grow up together in the ghetto; their common unbreakable bond is a basketball. Their friendship is strong and their game is so tightly synced that they became a two-man "dream team." Compelling, yet as opportunities come their way so do complications. They settle on a college in Miami, committing to go all the way to the top and to achieve the kind of life that most kids only dream of having.

Read more: Astounding job

Skylight Theatre Company's Pray to Ball Saga Scores Big

Life in LA 400x227Amir Abdullah's engaging b-ball play Pray to Ball debuted at the Skylight Theatre Company last week. Director Bill Mendieta and producers Gary Grossman and Tony Abatemarco served up a rare, slick visual feast for a trendy Los Feliz crowd.

Read more: Pray to Ball Scores Big