Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Much Ado About Nothing By Jack Melichar

Arizona Theatre Company presents the world premier of SOMEBODY/NOBODY. Just a brief synopsis: Sheena is a somebody who wants to be a nobody. Loli is a nobody desperate to be a somebody. In this comedy about Hollywood, renowned playwright Jane Martin takes dead aim at our culture of celebrity. So you think you want to be famous? So did teen idol and "shark-movie" star Sheena Keener, the darling of the press, the obsession of the paparazzi, and the goddess of the E! Channel. But now she can't stand to be looked at anymore and her Godzilla of an agent is on the warpath. When Sheena ends up on the doorstep of naïve newcomer Loli, a recent arrival from Flatt, Kansas, it's a wild ride on the road to fame. Somebody/Nobody is a look at modern life and our unending quest for fifteen minutes of fame.

The play opens at the Temple of Music and Art on March 13 and runs through March 28. For ticket information, call the Arizona Theatre box office at (520) 622-2823 or go online to Check the next issue of the Observer for a complete revue. ...

Now on a sad note, playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote, who movingly portrayed the broken dreams of common people in THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL, TENDER MERCIES and his Oscar-winning screen adaptation of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD died March 4 in Connecticut. Foote left the cotton fields in Wharton Texas as a teenager, dreaming of becoming an actor, but realizing his gifts as a storyteller, he embarked on a writing career that spanned more than half a century, and earned him two Academy Awards – TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and TENDER MERCIES. He also won a Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for THE YOUNG MAN FROM ATLANTA. His talent will be missed.

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