Like most things in L.A. that are really good, Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words readings from celebrity autobiographies split for New York City. The show's creator, Eugene Pack, brings it back for a special one-night-only performance benefiting Loma Linda University Children's Hospital, with guest readers Craig Bierko, Matthew Perry, Carrie Fisher, Fred Willard and Ryan Reynolds. Says Pack, "We have added such authors as the Jonas Bros (Burning Up), Miley Cyrus (Miles to Go) and Eminem ("The Way I Am" which has turned into a Hamletesque soliloquy). Of course, some of our favorites are epic ensemble pieces which combine the autobiographies of Burt Reynolds (My Life), Loni Anderson (My Life in Heels) and Burt's secretary Elaine Blake Hall (Burt and Me: My Days and Nights With Burt Reynolds). We juxtapose three memoirs to tell one story. And of course ... the combined memoirs of Eddie Fisher, Elizabeth Taylor and Debbie Reynolds which we refer to as "Rashomon and on and on and on ..." The material is endless, but the classic readingsremain, and everyone does it differently and hilariously. For example, Star Jones' autobiography (You Have to Stand for Something or You'll Fall for Anything) has been read by Joy Behar, Bruce Vilanch and The Sopranos' Steve Schirripa. Who knew such material could be interpreted in so many different ways. We love when we read from the memoir To the Stars by Star Trek's George Takei and find out he's in the audience ... laughing! It's also a blast when Vanessa Williams is in the crowd and winds up jumping onstage to read from Ivana Trumps's book.
Mon., June 15, 8 p.m., 2009