BARBECUE AT THE GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE! EVERYONE IS INVITED!
Los Angeles, 06 September 2016 – Jackie, the French Reporter got to hang out in Westwood at one of the best places to be, the Geffen Playhouse. The Geffen is known for performances by film and television actors and the current feast, Barbeque, includes Yvette Cason, Dale Dickey, Omar, J. Dorsey, Francis Fischer, Elyso Mirto, Heather Alicia Simms and Rebecca Wisocky to name just a few. The play, written by the Obie and Helen Hayes Award winner Robert O’Hara is directed by Tony award nominee Colman Domingo (quite a list of awards strung together!) to bring a dark, yet currently relevant, satire about family dynamics, racial stereotypes and addiction.
Barbecue bravely takes on these hard societal issues – yet with a comedic twist in the satire genre, as director Coleman Domingo says: “The thing that I think is great about satire is that we gotta go to the wildest places in our imagination to deal with the truths of who we are.”
Telling the story through the Hollywood lens, Barbecue sees the O’Mallery family all ready for a typical barbecue – with cold beer and a set table, when their drug-addicted sister Zippity Boom arrives, high and out of control. The family decides enough is enough and attempts to stage an impromptu, and rather ham-handed, intervention. This decision sets of a chain-reaction that leads to all kinds of rollicking comedy that captures our warped view of the American family.
The Hollywood Reporter describes Barbecue as “Family stereotypes and racial politics clash with reality during a raucous drug intervention!” and Theatermania.com declares Barbeque to be ‘Easily one of the funniest plays of the year!”
Celebrity friends who came out for opening night include Amir Abdullah, Kevin Daniels, Bill Smitrovich, Jon Boogz (Ninja Now), Spencer Garrett and Kelly McCreary.
In typical Jackie Style, she ambushed the actors with the dreaded “If you could play any character, what would it be?” question.
Amir Abdullah, feeling age is an important attribute, wants to put his hand to Othello, in a theatre like the Geffen. Jon Boogz also has Shakespearean aspirations: “I’d like to play Romeo, in Romeo & Juliet.” So would we, so much so that Jackie immediately offered her services to be his Juliet!
Judy Reyes declared that her bucket list would be unfinished without a musical on her résumé! So here’s a call to all producers: Judy Reyes wants to sing! Kelly McCreary, in a similar bucket list wish, would not have fulfilled her mission in life if she did not get the opportunity to play Lady M before she died.
Easily the best insight of the evening, even before seeing the play, was Coleman Domingo’s advice on how to stay positive when things are not always working the way you want them too: Try to get some time for yourself, enjoy a good meal, and laugh! You gotta laugh; you even gotta laugh at the tough times.
Sage words, Mr. Domingo. We shall tape them up in the office!
Barbeque runs from 06 September until 16 October. Visit www.geffenplayhouse.org to book your tickets to not miss this not-to-miss play.
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Written by: Miquette Caalsen