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Egomaniacal Divas Make You Laugh?

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For some it might be hard to imagine an industry where you’re washed up by 35, where the car you drive is just as important, or in some cases more so, than what you are bringing to the table and where you can routinely hear you boss use the word “fuck” about 100 times a day just for the hell of it. Oh people, we’re so jaded here in Lala Land. And if you’re looking for a dead-on recap comedy of just such a place, then you should head to the Pasedena Playhouse before this Sunday (2/19) to see Diva.

The name dropping is at times a bit forced - Candy Bergen and the Marlon Brando tampon story an exception - words possibly never put together in that context before.

Starring Annie Potts as Deanna Denninger, a somewhat washed up but absolutely ego-fueled "I want the last line in every scene" actress who gets another shot at acting outside of Kansas City Dinner Theater. She has the opportunity to come back with a hit sitcom about a Senator's wife who takes her husband's seat on the Hill after he dies. Her savior is Todd Waring who plays Isaac Brooks, the writer who is also cold but can somehow get this idea with Deanna as the star to the network. Along the way what happens is the usual but satirical Hollywood story. Actress seduces writer to get better lines, writer leaves wife and his agent/friend ends up representing the actress over him after a quarrel. What makes Diva unique is that it goes back in time instead of forward. The play starts at taping of a scene and proceeds to go back one week earlier, four weeks earlier and so on until in the second act you're a good sixth months back. What this does is actually show the absurdity of what people will say to "Yes ma'am" you but how those words, at least in entertainment aren't worth the paper they're written on.

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Patrick Fabian plays the Agentand does a spot-on performance, and let's face it, there's lots of material to work with there. Ian Lithgow plays the costar that's getting the better lines and the better laughs than the star. Heaven forbid. There's lots of talk of what a slut the star is and many a name is dropped to make that point. Oh and of course that they throw in a little SJP, how could they not? There is an Emmy scene after all.

During intermission people were either talking about how many people they knew that were each of these characters and laughing about it or saying there is no way and no amount of money that could ever get them to put up with that amount of bullshit. Regardless, the beautiful Pasadena Playhouse is worth the trip alone. Tickets run $36-48.