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Steven Culp in "Light Up the Sky"

March 6 - April 25, 1987

Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

Playwright by Moss Hart
Directed by Ellis Rabb

Peter Sloan - Steven Culp
Sidney Black - Peter Falk
Frances Black - Dehorah Rush
Miss Lowell - Patricia Kilgarriff
Tyler Rayburn - Burt Edwards
William H. Gallagher - Bill McCutcheon
Owen Turner - Barry Nelson
Carleton Fitzgerald - Fritz Weaver
Irene Livingston - Carrie Nye
Stella Livingston - Nancy Marchand
Sven/Shriner - Tim Loughrin
Shriner - Richard Fancy
Shriner - David Bailey

Los Angeles Times Review


The play takes place in the hotel room of Miss Livingston prior to the opening of a new play and follows a truck-driver-turned-playwright watching his first play being produced in Boston. This backstage comedy features the grandly temperamental leading lady; her sarcastic, gin rummy playing mother; the flamboyant director; the lowbrow producer; and his ice-skating, wisecracking wife. The opening night seems to go awry and the producer, cast, etc, believe it is a flop and turn against themselves, the producer and the author. However, when it turns out that the reviews are favorable, the tables are turned. (c)


The comedy revolves around a group of New York theatre-folk who attend the opening of their new play in Boston. The lead actress, the backer, and several others, are in seventh heaven at the prospect of a tremendous success which they hope for in the work of a young unknown writer. Gathered in a hotel room, these people go through their paces with tremendous gusto and many exhibitions of temperament. The opening of the play, which is a very earnest and experimental work, is such as to lead the cast, director and backer to believe it a flop. Instantly they turn against themselves, the production, the author and savagely proceed in what looks like an attempt to destroy themselves and all their former hopes. It turns out, however, that in spite of the curious reception by the first night audience, the play has made a deep impression, and when news spreads that the reviews are on the whole favorable, the tables are turned. But the playwright who has suffered both from the enthusiasm and pessimism of his associates has decided that he is through with the theater, and he is captured by the backer only at the moment he is about to take a plane back home. He is persuaded to play ball with his associates, but he is so disgusted with the temperamental shenanigans of those who were presumably his friends that he turns on them and lays down the law to them. (c)

(Performing arts. Creator: Music Center Operating Company of Los Angeles County, Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles | Performing Arts, Issue 21, 1987)

STEVEN CULP, Peter Sloan, most recently played the leading role in the New York premiere of Keith Reddin's Highest Standard of Living at Playwrights Horizons. He has appeared in the premieres of Neil Simon's Actors and Actresses at the Hartman Theatre, Terrence McNall/s The Lisbon Traviata at Theatre Off Park, and AR Gumey, Jr.'s Sweet Sue at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Other credits include Dan Grady in Gardenia and Billy in The Real Thing at Pittburgh Public Theatre, Gunner in Misalliance at Portland Stage, Mass Appeal at Stage West, Dorset in Richard III at the New York Shakespeare Festival, and Tybalt, Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing and the title role in Coriolanus at the Champlain Shakespeare Festival. He was Tom Nelson on Another World and Danny Wolek on One Life to Live. This is his first visit to Los Angeles, and he is pleased to be here. Love to Annie.

Steven Culp

Steven Culp with Fritz Weaver

Steven Culp with Barry Nelson

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