A rowdy foray into the world of the "canned, canceled, downsized, and dismissed‚" the sequel to Fired, is not to be missed. This L.A. Theatre Works audio presentation features author and actress Annabelle Gurwitch and her show business buddies telling stories of who, what, when, where, why, and how they each got fired. The production is a series of personal monologues. Each actor tells his or her own story with great vocal dynamics, strong comic characterizations, and seeming honesty. From Scott Carter's "Remembrance of Porn Past" to Matt Price's "Death of a Knife Salesman," each story is riddled with humor and pathos. In sum, listening to this production suggests that getting fired is often not the worst thing that can happen.
Annabelle Gurwitch's hugely popular book Fired: Tales of the Canned, Canceled, Downsized, and Dismissed has led to the production of a movie in addition to the best-selling audio-play released by LA Theater Works in 2005. Featuring some of the entertainment industry's most prolific writers and talents, this hilarious follow-up is sure to soothe anyone with wit who has suffered the trauma and humiliation of being fired. Is getting fired the best or worst thing that has happened to you? In this new collection, some of the more talented individuals in the entertainment industry take a stab at that question by sharing their hilarious stories.
Starring: Jeff Kahn, Cathryn Michon, Scott Carter, Matt Price, Jane Edith Wilson, Glenn Rosenblume, Maxine Lupiduss, Rob Cohen, Jessica Vander Valk, Jonathan Groff, Tonya Pinkins, Carol Leifer, Roy Zimmerman, Dani Klein Modisett, Wendy Kamenoff, and John Lehr.
This too follows the adventures of showbiz personnel and their adventures with employment. This seems to have more production value than the first though that may be more of a strength than a weakness as part of the charm of the original was its off the cuff visceral presentation. All in all an entertaining and charming series of tales.