Don’t look now but we are done with the first week of February. This semester feels like it is flying by right now. Well, at least I think so. So, tonight is the opening night for the UDM comedy “Somebody/Nobody”. It sounds like a satire about celebrities and different aspects of that culture. Here’s a synopsis about it that I got from UDM’s website.
Obsessed with celebrities? Jane Martin’s screwball comedy about America’s fixation with celebrity and fame continues The Theatre Company’s 43rd season at University of Detroit Mercy. Dr. Arthur J. Beer directs this hilarious comedy that takes direct aim at Hollywood and celebrity culture. Somebody/Nobody runs six performances, February 7 through 16, at the Marygrove Theatre.
Imagine what a day would be like if a B-movie starlet pounded on your front door, bloodied and bedraggled in gold lame, demanding… well, everything! So begins Jane Martin’s Somebody/Nobody, a hilarious romp that takes more than one stab at the cult of celebrity.
Loli (Claire Hardy) is a homespun ‘nobody’ who ran away from Flatt, Kansas with a dream of making it big. The dazed and bruised celebrity who shows up at Loli’s unglamorous L.A. apartment door is none other than Sheena Keener (Michelle Renaud), a self-proclaimed goddess and award-winning ‘somebody’, searching for escape from the prying eyes of the public. Throw in a vampire-wannabe celebrity stalker, a backwoods bounty hunter, and a talent agent as big as a galaxy, and this unlikely story unfolds with sidesplitting twists and turns that will leave the audience sore from laughter.
The cast features Theatre Company alumna Michelle Renaud (Troy, MI) as Sheena, opposite UDM newcomer Claire Hardy (Holly, MI) as Loli. Theater Company alumnus Eric Maher (Emmaus, PA) as Joe Don joins UDM student Shaunte McArthur (Detroit, MI) as Stalker and Judo Manko (Dearborn, MI) as Galaxy.
Glenn Oppenlander II