Barbecue Opening at the Geffen

A Hollywood crowd attends the premiere of ‘Barbecue’ at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood



Given the size of the “Barbecue” cast, which had its West Coast premiere on Sept. 14 at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, herding everyone together at the after-party for the requisite group photo proved quite the challenge.

No sooner had the actors entered STK Los Angeles at the W Hotel when they were greeted by a parade of hugs, handshakes and congratulations, not to mention the near-endless offers of sliders, mini-quiches and cheesecake squares passed in addition to the generous buffet. Once assembled for the photographer, they chimed “Barbecue” in unison before shouting out “Zippity Boom,” the nickname for the subject of a family intervention, which happens to be the play’s central premise

Following the performance, I had the great pleasure of talking with playwright Robert O’Hara, director Colman Domingo (also of “Birth of a Nation” and “Fear the Walking Dead”), actors Rebecca Wisocky and Judy Reyes (“Devious Maids”), Frances Fisher (“Titanic”) and lots of others.

Click here to read my conversations in fashion section of the Los Angeles Times and scroll down below to see more photographs from the after-party.



Top photo: Cast members Cherise Boothe, left, and Rebecca Wisocky, both having played the role of Barbara, aka Zippity Boom at the Barbecue Opening at the Geffen Playhouse (photo by Jeff Lorch)

Second photo: Director Colman Domingo with, from left, Kim Dickens of “Fear the Walking Dead,” Alycia Debnam Carey of “Gone Girl” and cast member FrancesFisher at the Barbecue Opening at the Geffen Playhouse (photo by Jeff Lorch)

Third photo: From left, Geffen Playhouse artistic director Randall Arney, Barbecue director Colman Domingo; playwright Robert O’Hara; cast members Cherise Boothe, Heather Alicia Simms, Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Dale Dickey, Yvette Cason, Rebecca Wisocky, Travis Johns, Elyse Mirto and Omar Dorsey; Geffen Playhouse executive director Gil Cates, Jr. with cast member Frances Fisher in front (photo by Jeff Lorch)






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Published Sept. 25, 2016 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA