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1744 Star Starred
Geffen Playhouse - Gil Cates Theater
10886 Le Conte Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90024
310-208-5454
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Reviews & Ratings

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4.3 average rating
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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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230 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 would-be authors of historical interpretations. The way the different scenes...continued

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9 reviews
19 stars
attended Sep 30 2012

The Venue was very nice.....the first act was enjoyable, however I did not care for the second act...it was redundant.

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Website

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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.