Desert Theatreworks presents Neil Simon’s I Ought to Be in Pictures February 11th through March 13th.

I Ought to Be in Pictures is one of Neil Simon’s comedic gems!

Herb Tucker is a struggling Hollywood screenwriter suffering from writer’s block. To make matters worse, his forgotten past just showed up on his doorstep in the form of Libby, his young teenage daughter he abandoned, along with her mother and brother, years earlier.

Libby is a wisecracking, resourceful girl who has come to Hollywood to be an actor. Convinced he can help jump-start her career; Libby expects Herb to help because he “owes her.”

With Steffy, his sometime girlfriend, at his side, Herb decides to take another stab at fatherhood and hopefully this time, get it right. You will not want to miss this heartfelt comedy. RATED PG 13

Background: The play had its premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles in 1979, with Tony Curtis as Herb. After 17 previews, the Broadway production, directed by Herbert Ross, opened on April 3, 1980 at the Eugene O’Neill theatre, where it ran for 324 performances. Ron Leibman (replacing Tony Curtis) as Herb, Dinah Manoff as Libby and Joyce Van Patten as Steffy comprised the cast.  

Dinah Manoff won the 1980 Tony Award, Best Featured Actress in a Play.

Quotes:   “Overall, this is a moving story of a family reunion with some very funny comic lines in a good production that adds up to an entertaining theatrical experience”  “Neil Simon’s I Ought to be In Pictures will have you laughing one minute and in tears the next!”  “Terrific…sweet, dandy and touching…A mature, memorable play that brings joy to the audience”  “A finely tuned theatrical blend of hilarity, honesty, directly and deeply felt emotion”

PERFORMANCES:  Indio Performing Arts Center  45175 Fargo Street  Indio, CA 92201

SHOWTIMES:  February 11 – March 13, 2022  Thursdays-Saturdays: 7:30 pm Sundays: 2:00 pm  RUNTIME: 90 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

BOX OFFICE:  Monday-Wednesday 9am-6pm Thursday-Saturday 9am-9:30pm Sunday 10am-4pm (760) 980-1455 

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