Hollywood Premiere Party, the Show Review - Chaos on the Titanic

HOLLYWOOD PREMIERE PARTY is a clever idea, an immersive theater experience based on the ultimate Hollywood event: a glitzy film premiere which includes a red carpet, paparazzi, celebrity interviews and antics, live music, dinner, and dancing. Bling and glitter accompany this comic introduction to Hollywood’s latest film release, “Love and Waffles.”  The brainchild of writer, director, and producer Kerry Logan, HOLLYWOOD PREMIERE PARTY attempts to mimic real-life Hollywood’s excesses while taking a cynical view of the whole process and throwing in laughs and a bit of satire.

"Love and Waffles" Cast - Photo by Tiffany Rose Photography

The cast is huge and includes the principals in the fictional movie, the starlets, the hangers-on, a rapper, the wait and kitchen staff, and even celebrity stalkers. Each of the 27 seems devoted to his/her role while circulating through the throng. The actors appear to be having a perfectly splendid time; after all, this is a paying gig. For those with an appetite, the show includes hors d’oeuvres, a burger, and ice cream (with a waffle, if you’re lucky).

Hollywood Premiere Party Cast - Photo by Tiffany Rose Photography

Chaos was the order of the day. Unfortunately, the noise level was so high that it was almost impossible to hear the key players do their lines. Many of the scenes were televised on large screens; however, the sound was spotty and also difficult to follow. In addition, the milling throngs seemed more interested in “doing their own thing” than in paying attention to what may have been the story line. The net effect was confusion all around.

Brant Cotton Band - Photo by Tiffany Rose Photography

HOLLYWOOD PREMIERE PARTY was performed in a popular Hollywood nightclub divided into three separate rooms – making it necessary to walk from place to place trying to follow the action. Crowds tended to push and shove, and there were no seats for the audience in the second room, where much of the action apparently occurred. Audience members were forced to stand on the periphery trying to figure out what was going on. While there were some seats in the first and third rooms, it was generally impossible to experience what was going on unless audience members rose and tried to get past stationary chattering participants to the principal actors.

Paparazzi - Photo by Tiffany Rose Photography

It was clear that the designers and planners of this event had many creative ideas. However, the fault was not in the concept but in the execution. With no way to really follow the “story,” most audience members chatted among themselves or interacted with the actors pinpointed in the crowds. Technical glitches abounded, and noise was the flavor of the day. HOLLYWOOD PREMIERE PARTY really exemplified the dangers of herding cats. If this is really a Hollywood premiere party, then you can count me out.

"Love and Waffles" Cast - Photo by Tiffany Rose Photography

HOLLYWOOD PREMIERE PARTY, THE SHOW runs through November 5, 2016, with performances at 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The show ends at 9:30 p.m. Tickets range from $99 to $129 (for the VIP perks). The Manor on Vine is located at 1718 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90028. For information and reservations, go online.     


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