I was on hand at opening night last Friday at the Falcon Theatre. The renowned Neil Simon’s I Ought to Be in Pictures delighted the packed house. Struggling entertainment writer Herbert Tucker (Robert Wuhl) finds his estranged 19-year-old daughter Libby (Genevieve Joy) has hitchhiked her way from Brooklyn and landed on his doorstep.
Libby wants fatherly guidance and to really know the father she has not seen since she was three. Also, she wants to be an actress in Hollywood and hopes daddy can make that happen. Step-by-step Herb begins to take on all of the pains, joys, and emotions of fatherhood. Three-times married and thrice divorced, Herb also comes to terms with his relationship with sometimes girlfriend Steffy (Kelly Hare). All of this is under the watchful direction of Gregg W. Brevoort staged on a great set provided by set designer Jeffrey McLaughlin.
Tentative at first in their meeting, father and daughter gradually build a bond of understanding. I enjoyed how Libby and Dad came together in a playful relationship in the changing and sometimes delicate and subtle emotions delivered by Wuhl and Joy. All accomplished in a manner that had an audience rooting for their attachment, while Hare in her character of Steffy provides a guiding light. Speaking of light, Jeremy Pivnick works his usual magic as lighting designer.
I Ought to Be in Pictures stages on Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. till Nov. 11. Prices vary by day and time. There are student discounts. Tickets can be purchased online at FalconTheatre.com or by calling the box office at (818) 955-8101. The Falcon Theatre is located at 4252 Riverside Dr. in Burbank.