You have to dig deep in the glittering treasury of Neil Simon comedies to come up with I Ought to Be in Pictures, one of Simon's most-overlooked gems -- but a true jewel nonetheless. Meet Herb Tucker, a Los Angeles screenwriter currently "at liberty" (i.e. completely unemployed) who abandoned his family in New York a lifetime ago. But his past catches up with him when his adventurous teenage daughter Libby arrives on his doorstep, convinced that he alone can help jump-start her film career. After dispensing guilt and demanding love, Libby convinces Herb to take another stab at parenting, to accept his responsibilities and come to terms with his on-again/off-again relationship with girlfriend Steffy. Catch this heartwarming comedy at Arlington's Theatre on the Run, courtesy of Peter's Alley Theatre Productions.
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"...Director Aly B. Ettman's skill is especially evident in the second act, when the characters have had two weeks together. The way in which Herb and Libby relate shows a natural increase in closeness that makes Herb's new interest and concern about his daughter believable."
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