Venue Details

897 Star Starred
Geffen Playhouse - Gil Cates Theater
10886 Le Conte Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90024
310-208-5454
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Member Tips

Yvette Coleman
Give yourself plenty of time to park, busy around UCLA.
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$4 parking in the Palazz
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$4 parking in the Palazzo parking lot - Just make sure to get a validation card from the box office!
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Carol Betto
Book a macademia nut cookie---it was stale and broken in pieces.
info Sep 20 2012 star this tip starred
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Parked in lot near in-n-out for $4.
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Pricey snacks. Grab something at trader joes for intermission.
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Reviews & Ratings

144 ratings
4.3 average rating
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86 events
10 reviews
34 stars
attended Sep 18 2012

The first act was solid and incredible. The acting and singing totally enchant you. The second act didn't leave with that same warm and fuzzy feeling. I wish they would have simply continued the storyline from the first act.

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203 reviews
150 stars
attended Sep 18 2012

Play depicts the struggle of black actors to break into film and to leave the stereotypical roles behind. It's a light-weight comedy, spoofing Hollywood, the press, and... continued

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BellaJ2000 Red Velvet
35 events
18 reviews
14 stars
attended Sep 29 2012

This play is well written, directed and acted. Wonderful staging as well. At once witty and humorous and thought-provoking. The commentary on black actors playing... continued

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More Information

Website

http://geffenplayhouse.com/more_info.php?show_id=166

Quotes & Highlights

For more information on the life and times of Vera Stark, check out this biographical website (and sly theatrical companion), Rediscovering Vera Stark.
Check out a short pseudo-documentary on the elusive Ms. Stark, “A Leading Lady in a Maid’s Uniform.”

Description

It’s Hollywood’s heyday and the streets of Los Angeles are filled with glitz, glamour and the chance at stardom — that is as long as you have the “right” look. But when former maid Vera Stark lands a groundbreaking role in a new Southern epic, she turns Hollywood on its head and paves the way for future generations of black actresses. More than five decades later, Vera’s influence on race, film and feminism has seeped its way into pop culture. But who is the real Vera Stark? Part comedy and part commentary, Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage’s West Coast premiere uses today’s fascination with celebrity and controversy to get to the truth behind the legend.

The running time for this play is 2 hours 15 minutes, including a 15 minute intermission.