Following its sold-out run last Oct., Safe at Home: An Evening With Orson Bean re-opens Jan 22 at Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice. Directed by 2014 Ovation-winning director Guillermo Cienfuegos (Henry V), the evening is actor ORSON BEAN‘s autobiographical chronicle of his private life, and his professional career in film, on stage, and in television—including more than 200 appearances as a guest and guest host of the Tonight Show.
“At the top of the show, I say, ‘I want to thank you for coming to my one-man show. I, myself, would not have.’ I have not been a fan of this format. But, I was completely won over by the response I got. The show has not changed since our last time out, it has just deepened. It is still a mixture of heartbreak and really funny stuff. At times, I feel people are laughing because it is more fun than crying. I would get laughs on things I never thought would get a laugh. It is based on my autobiographical book. I did a stage adaptation, but I wasn’t sure I really had anything in it that would lend itself to a show. My wife and producer Alley [Mills] put together a group of neighbors on the Venice Canals where we live, and I did it for them. The response was incredible. Then we got together with this actor, Alex Fernandez, who directs under the name of [Guillermo] Cienfuegos. He is an astonishing director who added so much to the show because he had read my book and knew what would work. Interestingly, I get a better response from the younger audiences than I do the older people, even though the older folk might be more familiar with the references. This really isn’t a performance about show business. I touch briefly on my career, but it is mainly about the mistakes I made in life and how I learned from them. And it is about gratitude. The younger people in the audience really respond to this. I am delighted to be doing this again. [PRT Artistic Director] Marilyn Fox has offered us an open-ended run, Friday through Sunday, and we’ll just see how this goes.”
Julio Martinez-hosted Arts in Review—celebrating the best in theater and cabaret in the Greater Los Angeles area—airs Fridays (2-2:30pm) on KPFK (90.7FM).