Spotlight: Nick Koehler

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Playing the part of Dingo in the California Stage production of Mystery Spot is almost a case of art imitating life, says Nick Koehler. “He (Dingo) is a very talky social butterfly kind of person—a lot like me,” says the 25-year-old actor, who indeed seemed very much at ease during a recent impromptu phone interview. There’s another reason Koehler should feel right at home on stage: His real-life girlfriend, Emily Kentta, plays his love interest, Liz, and his real-life mom, Michele Koehler, plays Liz’s mother. Talk about twisted! Then again, it makes perfect sense: His mom got him into acting. It was when she was working toward her master’s degree at the University of Texas that Koehler, then about 7, took his first bow. The curriculum involved producing plays, Koehler explains, so “every time a kid actor was needed, my hand was raised for me,” he jokes. Check out Koehler and his real-life leading ladies in Mystery Spot, an award-winning comedy by former Sacramento resident Steve Lyons, at the California Stage Theater, 1723 25th St. in Sacramento, through April 10. For tickets and more information, visit calstage.org or call (916) 451-5822.