LSU Theatre Lab Season Presents “Based on a Totally True Story” Oct. 7-12

09/16/2014 02:05 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU Theatre presents its second Lab show of the season, “Based on a Totally True Story,” written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and directed by Scott Mitchell, with performances scheduled for Oct. 7-12.


A contemporary comedy that moves at the speed of lightning, “Based on a Totally True Story” chronicles the hilarious, bittersweet misadventures of twenty-something New Yorker Ethan Keene. A semi-successful comic book writer by day penning “The Flash” for DC Comics and a struggling playwright by night, Keene’s world is turned upside down when a veteran Hollywood producer decides she wants to turn one of Ethan’s unproduced plays into a big-budget horror movie – possibly starring Nicole Kidman.


With that tasty carrot clouding his vision, Keene struggles to be a loving, supportive giving partner to his boyfriend Michael Sullivan, a Village Voice reporter and budding novelist. On top of which, Keen’s lovable dad announces that he’s leaving Ethan’s mom for a married woman – and asks if  he please stay with his son until he finds a new place to live. Hearts are broken, lessons are learned and dreams are deferred in this quirky, offbeat romantic comedy of manners.


A review of this play states that “no laugh meter could measure the laughter here; it would require a seismograph. Some of the jokes may work better for insiders, but against such a no-holds-barred farce there can be no holdouts,”


Performances of “Based on a Totally True Story” are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 7-11, with 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. performances scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 12. All performances will take place in the Studio Theater, located in the LSU Music and Dramatic Arts Building on Dalrymple Drive. Tickets are $10 and can only be purchased at the door.


“Based on a Totally True Story” is supported by the LSU Performing Arts Fee. All dates and times are subject to change.


For tickets or more information, contact LSU Department of Theatre at 225.578.4174 or visit


About Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is an award-winning playwright, comic book and television writer. His plays, including “Good Boys and True” and “Based on a Totally True Story,” have been produced Off-Broadway and regionally. For Marvel Comics, he has written “The Fantastic Four,” “Nightcrawler” and “Spider-Man,” and is currently adapting the Stephen King novel, “The Stand.” Last year, his revision of the classic musical, “It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman!” premiered at Dallas Theater Center. Additionally, he has written for the HBO series “Big Love.” His upcoming projects includes “American Psycho” with Duncan Sheik and “Glee” on Fox.






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Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014