Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Celebrity Autobiographies"

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"Celebrity Autobiographies"

Reviewed by Jon York

When we listen to the sad news every day of lost children and parental cruelty, of car accidents and killer fires, of tsunamis, earthquakes, and hurricanes, of greedy bankers and evil dictators, of world poverty and human suffering, and of talented but lazy millionaire Red Sox who blow 10-game leads, we deserve a night when we can just kick back and enjoy the hell out of two hours in the theater.

Spiro Veloudos and the Lyric Stage of Boston have begun a series of Celebrity Autobiographies [We couldn't make this stuff up!] which promises to leave us rolling in laughter every time.

On Monday, October 17th, the very talented Rachel Dratch, Larry Coen, Kathy St. George, and Timothy John Smith joined format creators Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel to do something really simple: read autobiographies of insipid and non-Mensa qualified celebrities aloud to an audience unable to hold back the wide grins and guffaws from the first words.

Emphasizing the absurdity and the "human drama" of the stars' descriptions of their emotion-packed lives, our readers employed their vast oral interpretive skills to wring every possible ounce of vapidity out of the celebs' sincere thoughts on paper.

Is David Hasselhoff more than just a hunky man in a Speedo or a scared actor in his first Broadway play?
Does Mr "T" (The Man With The Gold) know the true meaning of acting?
Can anyone but Vanna White turn letters with as much aplomb as her?
Will there ever be another Ethel Merman?
Will Diana Ross melt in the rain with her dream?
What has Neil Sedaka eaten today?
Has Suzanne Somers been considered for Poet Laureate?
Who is the "Bonus Jonas" Brother?

The second act featured mashups of famous love affairs and triangles as reported through dueling autobiographies.

Burt Reynolds and Lonnie Anderson, Britney Spears, and the grandest of them all, Debbie Reynolds, Eddie Fisher, Liz Taylor, Mike Todd, and Richard Burton were all impersonated so well, we felt that we were witnessing the great human dramas right there in front of us.

The creators were not kidding when they subtitled this show "We couldn't make this stuff up!"

Yes, Truth is much funnier than fiction, and when scribbled in autobiographies by our much-revered modern celebrities and then read aloud by talented and sarcastic actors, it is funny enough to provide a wonderful respite from the horrors of the 11 PM newscast.

Most audience members were treated to more laughter than we had experienced in a long time, and would rate the show "extremely enjoyable."

We can't wait for the next installment.

If side-splitting absurdist humor is your cup of tea, don't miss it!

"Celebrity Autobiographies" (18 October ONLY)
@ 140 Clarendon Street, BOSTON MA

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