The stars come out to see Sean Hayes on opening night of “An Act of God” at Ahmanson Theatre
I attended opening night of the Sean Hayes play An Act of God on Wednesday night at the Ahmanson Theatre and it turned out to be quite the star-studded affair.
Although I did not get a photo of her, I did spot Jane Lynch taking her seat just about a minute before the show started and in my row were super-producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. I chatted with Neil on the arrivals line about the Oscars (he and Craig produced three years in a row but not this year) and will share that with you next week.
Also spotted on the arrivals line was Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Crowded star Carlease Burke, actor and activist Wilson Cruz, former The Office star Kate Flannery, My Big Fat Greek Wedding star Nia Vardalos and her husband, actor Ian Gomez who was a cast member on Cougar Town.
The show has God possessing the body of an actor in order to answer some questions and tell his side of the story. It is based the Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod of The Daily Show writer David Javerbaum which also inspired a book.
In the 90 minute play (no intermission), Hayes essentially presents a revised set of Ten Commandments.
He says: “Tonight I shall give thee a new Ten Commandments, one that will forever end that uncertainty regarding what it is I desire from humanity that has caused so much bitterness and hatred among you over the millennia, all of which I find very flattering. Thanks again. Means a lot.”
It is so smart and funny and topical too. And who better than Sean Hayes to deliver a performance with such perfect comedy timing and attitude? My favorite line was when he said: “I’m having wrath control issues’ and when he adds the commandment ‘Thou shalt not tell others whom to fornicate.’ Oh yeah, and he also recasts Adam and Eve as Adam and Steve to prove that God is not a homophobe.
Hayes has made the show, which starred Jim Parsons on Broadway, very much his own. He is amazing in what is a essentially a one-man show although he does have some assistance from angels Michael (David Josefsberg) and Gabriel (James Gleason) who at one points asks God: “Why is Donald Trump allowed to roam the earth?!”
Although Sean starred on Broadway back in 2011 in Promises, Promises and earned a Tony Award nomination, he has never headlined on the big stage in Los Angeles.
An Act of God is at the Ahmanson through March 13. Click HERE for more information.