Safe At Home Review - Orson Bean's Life, Loves, and Laments

Orson Bean’s has made his mark as an actor in theater, television, and film. He is a writer, a stand-up comic, and one of the truly memorable raconteurs of our time. He understands how to keep the audience in the palm of his hand throughout an entire show.

Orson Bean reminds you - Photo by Vitor Martins


SAFE AT HOME pulls the audience into Orson’s brilliant personal odyssey, which spans a troubled childhood, a somewhat turbulent but extremely industrious adolescence - and then on to his adult success. He has made a meaningful life for himself, despite the cards he was dealt, and emphasizes how grateful he feels for all of it. 

A dancing Orson - Photo by Vitor Martins

For years, Orson was searching for happiness - and he found it by making people laugh. Being an entertainer became his purpose in life and his method of reaching his goals. For every painful moment, he adds his own personal twist on life’s slings and arrows, seducing the audience into boisterous laughter. This is both a poignant and a hilarious take on life and Orson’s personal journey through it. He maintains his ability to laugh at himself and any of the difficult circumstances that beset him. His experiences are a testament to his capacity to overcome challenges and rise above personal setbacks.


Can you believe this, Orson? Photo by Vitor Martins

Director Guillermo Cienfuegos manages to extract Orson’s deepest secrets from wherever they were hiding as he allows the audience to peek at what a survivor looks like on the inside. At the same time, Cienfuegos keeps the tale moving and the laughter flowing. The simple set fits the mood while giving us a glimpse of Orson’s early life. At 87, he can spin a yarn with the best of them - and that includes today’s finest comedians. It’s no wonder he appeared on the “Tonight Show” about 200 times with approximately half of those appearances as guest host. Orson Bean can effortlessly make an audience laugh until they cry. This is a must-see production and a unique look at what shapes an entertainer. The jokes and magic tricks alone are worth the price of the ticket. 

SAFE AT HOME: AN EVENING WITH ORSON BEAN runs until March 13, 2016. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. on Sundays. The Pacific Resident Theatre is located at 703 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90201. Tickets cost $25. For reservations, call 310-822-8392 or go online at

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