Joan Mangum: ‘An Ordinary Couple’ Premieres At All Saints
Posted: Friday, February 9, 2018 – 12:55 PM
By Joan Mangum
It was a wonderful evening as the award-winning An Ordinary Couple, starring Bernardo Puccio and Orin Kennedy, had its Beverly Hills premiere at All Saints Episcopal Church.
When the film ended, there was overwhelming applause and cheers – even bravos – from the sold-out audience. Intertwining themes of love, marriage and politics, the film delivers humor, the occasional touch of drama, and a deeply personal look at the pair’s 40+ plus year relationship.
These men live a life that’s anything but ordinary. Interior designer Puccio was born in Alabama and after arriving in California, became a pal of Lana Turner, Elizabeth Taylor and others in the Hollywood set. New Yorker Kennedy came here to be an actor, but ended up as a successful TV location manager. In fact, he is now chairman emeritus of the Location Managers Guild International.
The film was directed by Jay Gianukos and Susan Barnes. All Saints’ Rev. Steve Huber was the event’s emcee which also also featured a musical performance by the Gay Men’s Chorus of L.A.
The evening also featured a post-screening reception where I ran into the following guests… Sandy Krause and Bill Fitzgerald, Stanley Black and Joan Ashton, Ruta Lee and Webb Lowe, Janet Salter, Madeline Gussman and Bob Vernon, Annie and Shelly Lehrer, Shelley Hann and Jeff Brunetti, Dr. Ronald Karlsberg, Gloria Levishon and Derek Levishon, Grace Robbins and Jere Ring, John and Gloria Gebbia, Ada Sands, Grace Scherrer, Judy and Dr. Jay Sher, Phyllis Abrams and Harvey Grant, Elaine and Peter Bernard, Jennifer and Dr. Graham Woolf, Alice West and Arvin Brown, Ronnie Kassorla and Robert Rock, Barbara Luna, Paul Matsumoto, Bob and Cindy Williams, Lisa and Marty Greenberg, Julie Farb, Lana Scherone, Marlene Kreedman, Adele Heller, Diane Morton, Elaine Weinstock and Harlan Feldman, Shana Forman, Jeff Lehman, Marilyn Stampler and Jay Markoff, Merrie Lynn Ross and Ralphael De Marchena Huyke.
Can’t wait to read Bernardo Puccio’s upcoming autobiography 13 Pieces Of Unmatched Luggage And My Poodle.
The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage presents Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre: Betroffenheit choreographed and directed by Crystal Pite and written by Jonathon Young, for three performances only Feb 14-16.
This new creation by two of Canada’s celebrated companies is a boundary-stretching hybrid of theatre and dance. Betroffenheit” is the German word for the shock and bewilderment in the wake of a tragic event–in this case the tragic death of Young’s teenage daughter.
Jane Deknatel, director of The Broad Stage, said: “The beauty of this piece of dance theater is that it offers insight into how we manage the unthinkable. It’s a deeply personal story about how we move through moments of trauma and come out transformed and uplifted on the other side.”
This performance contains strobe-like effects, nontoxic theatrical haze and strong, and is not recommended for children.
Tickets are on sale at www.thebroadstage.org or by calling 310-434-3200. Tickets start at $45.