Must-See Theater: Mistakes Were Made
By Marthe Fraser
Okay, imagine this: You’re on the phone with a Hollywood A-Lister like Johnny Depp, trying to sweet-talk him into appearing as King Louis in a preposterous-sounding play about the French Revolution. That’s the absurdly funny predicament producer Felix Artifex finds himself in as the curtain rises on Mistakes Were Made, a rollicking contemporary comedy by Craig Wright (Six Feet Under, Lost), playing this Wednesday through Sunday at the San Miguel Playhouse on Independencia.
Mistakes Were Made
Wed, Mar 2-Sat, Mar 5, 7:30pm
Sun, Mar 6, 3 and 7:30pm
The San Miguel Playhouse
Avenida Independencia 82
Reserved-seat tickets are 200 pesos available in advance at Galería Ensueños, Mesones 57A (at Reloj) 10am-2pm, Monday through Saturday
The show stars Mick Diener as producer Artifex and Phoebe Greyson as his secretary Esther, and was originally staged last fall by director Lola Smith at Playreaders. “We had standing ovations,” recalls Smith. In fact, the show was such a hit that San Miguel Playhouse Artistic Director Jim Newell immediately proposed remounting the show as a full production so more people would have the chance to experience it.
“As a satire of show business, Mistakes Were Made is a delectable treat for anyone who’s been involved in, or simply curious about, the biz,” explains director Jim Newell. “Over the course of the play, our hapless producer, Felix Artifex, juggles phone calls from his playwright, the actor, agents, the theater owner, the director, costume designer, his ex-wife, and even, possibly, a Middle Eastern insurgent!”
San Miguel actor Mick Diener says Artifex is one of his most challenging and satisfying roles to date. “Playing Felix is a wild ride for me because I totally relate to the madness of his world,” explains Diener. “I worked for years producing and directing commercials and infomercials. So I have first-hand experience with the delicate personalities and out-sized egos of celebrities, their agents, and handlers. Many of the moments in this show I’ve actually lived!”
As the plot thickens and the show builds momentum, the intercom in Felix’s New York office rarely stops buzzing as his dauntless assistant Esther, played by veteran actress Phoebe Greyson, valiantly manages the callers filling his telephone lines. “I love doing this show,” says Phoebe, “because it’s fresh, fast, and brilliant, and I enjoy working with Mick, who’s taken on a very difficult and demanding role and made it a delight.”
The marvelous use of language and the flow and rhythm of playwright Craig Wright’s script makes for a riveting momentum. “This show feels so real,” says Lola Smith. “It’s not like seeing an actor interpret a role, but like you’re eavesdropping on an actual happening.”
“It’s wonderfully entertaining,” adds co-producer Judy Newell. “It’s suspenseful and funny at the same time. But it’s here for just one week, so don’t miss it.”
Mistakes Were Made will be performed this Wednesday, March 2 through Saturday, March 5, at 7:30pm, and Sunday, March 6, at both 3 and 7:30pm, at the San Miguel Playhouse.
Reserved-seat tickets are 200 pesos and available in advance at Galería Ensueños, at 57A Mesones (at Reloj) 10am—2pm, Monday through Saturday. They can also be purchased at the theater door one hour prior to show time. There is free, secure parking and a taxi concierge service.