What Did L.A. Critics Think of Paul Rudnick’s New Comedy Big Night?

The Verdict   What Did L.A. Critics Think of Paul Rudnick’s New Comedy Big Night?
 
Wendie Malick and Brian Hutchison star in the world premiere from the writer of Jeffrey and In & Out, which opened in Los Angeles September 16.
Wendie Malick, Brian Hutchison and Luke Macfarlane in the world premiere of <i>Big Night</i>
Wendie Malick, Brian Hutchison and Luke Macfarlane in the world premiere of Big Night Craig Schwartz

The Center Theatre Group world premiere of Big Night, the latest comedy from Jeffrey and In & Out writer Paul Rudnick, opened in Los Angeles September 16.

Big Night, which unfolds in a swanky Beverly Hills hotel suite over the course of a chaotic Academy Awards night, began previews September 10 and will continue through October 8 in the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

Tony winner Walter Bobbie (Chicago, Bright Star) directs a cast that features Emmy Award nominee Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me, Hot in Cleveland), Brian Hutschison (Smokefall ), Max Jenkins (The Mysteries of Laura), Kecia Lewis (The Drowsy Chaperone), Luke Macfarlane (Brothers & Sisters), and Tom Phelan (Hir, The Fosters).

Read reviews below:

The Hollywood Reporter (Jordan Riefe)

L.A. Times (Charles McNulty)

L.A. Weekly (Deborah Klugman)

StageSceneLA (Steven Stanley)

Stage and Cinema (Samuel Garza-Bernstein)

Stage Raw (Katie Buenneke)


According to CTG, “It is the night of the Oscars and a working actor turned Oscar nominee knows that his life is about to change – he just doesn’t know how profoundly. His transgender nephew has plans for his speech, his young agent has plans for his future, his unstoppable mother has plans for the catering and his partner is nowhere to be found. Master satirist Paul Rudnick blends a deep humanity with a honed sense of hilarity in this powerful and funny play about family and fame, the personal and the political, and the drive to stand up and speak out.”

The creative team includes set designer John Lee Beatty, costume designer William Ivey Long, lighting designer Ken Billington,. sound designer Karl Fredrik Lundeberg. Casting is by James Calleri, CSA and Paul Davis, CSA. Brooke Baldwin is the production stage manager.

Tickets are available online at CenterTheatreGroup.org, or by calling (213) 628-2772.

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