If you really
enjoy a good comedy, you won’t want to miss Playwright Peter
Lefcourt’s Drama Queens From Hell. In this “laugh-a-minute” play,
Lefcourt takes on bigotry full-force, wrong age, wrong color, and
Gerard Manville (Paul
Galliano) is a less than top-notch movie director who decides to
make a modern remake of the award-winning movie Sunset Boulevard.
Seeking an actress to portray the role of Norma Desmond, Manville
calls on agent Artie Paramecium (Rick Podell) to find someone to
audition for the part.
How did three of his very
own clients find out that he was going to send someone to audition
for the part? Needless to say, he had no choice but to send each of
them to vie for the role. The first one to encounter him is Maxine
Zahar (Christopher Callen), an aging actress who feels certain that
she is just the right one to emulate Gloria
But, hey, this is a new
era, why can’t Norma Desmond be a Black American woman ala Felecia
Brown (Dee Freeman), or what about transsexual actress Brianne
McCauley (Chad Borden)? Each one goes through a series of expensive
preparations prior to their audition, and make constant calls to the
director. The stress of dealing with all three of these
self-confident characters could kill a man! Thank goodness for his
assistant Raphael (Andrew Diego).
When queried about what
triggered him to write Drama Queens From Hell, Lefcourt’s response
was, “It may have been a combination of wanting to write something
about competition among actors and about the growing tendency to
demand diversity in casting, a response to the ‘Oscars So White’
The wonderful first-rate
cast keep the comedy moving under the astute direction of Terri
Hannauer in her seventh collaboration with playwright Lefcourt.
Drama Queens From Hell plays Fridays and Sundays at 8 PM, and
Sundays at 2 PM and 7 PM, through September 25, at the Odyssey
Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles.
Tickets are available by
calling (323) 960-7787, or online at www.plays411.com/dramaqueens.
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