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I Ought to Be in Pictures

a Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by Neil Simon

COMPANY : ART Station Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : ART Station Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 4342

SHOWING : August 02, 2012 - August 19, 2012

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

One of Neil Simon's best plays focuses on Herb Tucker, a writer's blocked Hollywood scriptwriter who abandoned his New York family 16 years earlier. He and girlfriend, Steffy, are surprised when his forgotten past reappears in the form of Libby, his bold, adventurous teenage daughter who's hitch-hiked all the way from Brooklyn with dreams of movie stardom. Herb decides to take another stab at fatherhood. From America's most beloved playwright comes this…"Terrific...sweet, dandy and touching... mature, memorable play."-New York Post


CAST & CREW LIST
Director David Thomas
Herb Tucker Bryan Brendle
Libby Tucker Eliana Marianes
Steffy Blondell Wendy Melkonian
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REVIEWS

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You Ought to Be in Pig Jaws -- You're the Apple of My Eye
by playgoer
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
5.0
ART Station's production of Neil Simon's "I Ought to Be in Pictures" gives every moment of the play its due. Eliana Marianes' portrayal of Brooklynite Libby Tucker is amazingly true in each line and each emotion. She may not be petite and plump, as some of the lines imply she should be, but she is emotionally perfect for the role. Bryan Brendle, as the father who abandoned her, and Wendy Melkonian, as the father's girlfriend, are both excellent too. You won't see a finer trio of actors on Atlanta's stages.

The show takes place in 1979, and the songs introducing each scene help to set the time period, as do the costumes of Jeanne Fore. Lighting, set, and sound design by Michael Hidalgo make perfect use of the small ART Station stage, but tend more to the timeless than the time-specific in decor. It's a production design that suggests the time period rather than hitting the audience over the head with it. The only misstep, I thought, was Bryan Brendle's stubble beard, which seems to be too much a present-day style.

As is the case with most of Neil Simon's later plays, there's a combination of comedy (with a LOT of funny lines) and emotionally truthful drama. It's funny, it's touching, and it's pitch-perfect in its transitions. Director David Thomas has created a wonderfully comic and moving production of "I Ought to Be in Pictures." [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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