By Kat Kramer
Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays is an entertaining, often humorous, moving and provocative evening of new short plays by award-winning playwrights in response to the urgent issue of marriage equality in the United States. It is a compelling testimony to the universal struggle for commitment, compassion and humor for everyone working through both relationships, gay or straight. Everyone can relate. The production is conceived by Brian Shnipper and features works from Moises Kaufman, Paul Rudnick, Jose Rivera, Neil La Bute, Doug Wright, Jeffrey Hatcher, Kathy Najimy, Jordan Harrison and Wendy MacLeod.
It stars a cast of six actors that rotate with each performance. At the March 28 performance at Largo-At-The-Coronet, the cast included Kathy Najimy, Richard Kind, Jack Plotnick, Wendie Malick, Peri Gilpin, James Patrick Stewart and Jean Smart. One of the highlights was Kathy Najimy performing her own work “Outlaw Wedding.” Najimy was a revelation — both funny and poignant. The enthusiastic audience gave her a standing ovation. Other stand-outs included the gifted Richard Kind, who did “London Mosquitoes“ by red-hot Moises Kaufman, and Jean Smart had the audience in stitches with Paul Rudnick’s “The Gay Agenda.” One fine moment was “On Facebook,“ based on true events, written by Doug Wright.
It featured stellar performances from Kind, Gilpin, Malick and Plotnick. Standing on Ceremony is a not-to-be-missed evening of theatre. The producers Joan Stein and Stuart Ross, along with associate producer Allain Rochel, are moving the show to the Renberg Theatre at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. Full casts to be announced soon; it is a memorable theatrical event.
Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays takes place on six Mondays at 8 p.m.: April 25 (preview), May 9 (official opening), May 23, June 6, June 20 and June 27. Audience members are all invited to a “wedding reception” following every performance. Come for the show, but stay for the cake! A portion of all proceeds from Standing on Ceremony will be earmarked to support the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Vote for Equality program. The Renberg Theatre is located at the L.A. Gay &Lesbian Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza located at 1125 N. McCadden Place. For reservations and information, call (323) 860-7300 or visit online at www.StandingOnCeremony.net.