Friday, August 26, 2011

Celebrity Autobiography @ Guild Hall 8.26.2011

East Hampton's Guild Hall was loaded with celebrities Friday night for a special one-night performance of Celebrity Autobiography just a few hours before the town was threatened to be hit by Hurricane Irene. The play, which recently ended a 3 year run off-Broadway in New York, featured celebrities performing outlandish and odd excerpts pulled from other celebrity autobiographies and starred: Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Mario Cantone, Joy Behar, 30 Rock’s Scott Adsit, and Tovah Feldshuh as well as creators Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel.

The irony of celebrities mocking celebrities with additional celebrities (such as Alec Baldwin and Bob Balaban) in the audience was entertaining in itself but the over-the-top drawn out performances by Cantone and Lane paired with the dry delivery of Broderick and Adsit made it a terrific evening. Sex was the starring theme of the evening with highlights ranging from Broderick’s take on Tommy Lee’s oral sex advice to Cantone’s killer portrayal of Liza Minelli’s sensual relationship with Geraldo. Some of the most lurid tales came from the ladies such as Joy Behar’s reading of Madonna’s sexual encounters and the grand slam cast closer with the full cast reading the multiple perspectives involved with Debbie Reynolds, Liz Taylor fiasco regarding their multiple husbands and lovers.

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