"The Siegel" Brings Huge Laughs, Thunderous Applause

Tania Thompson
 | Apr 03, 2017
Steve and Laurie Duncan and Michael Mitnick

Honorary Producers Steve and Laurie Duncan with playwright Michael Mitnick at the First Night of The Siegel.

Ethan Siegel endeared himself to the First Night audience for The Siegel in its world premiere at South Coast Repertory. His quest: to ask Alice to marry him, even though they broke up two years ago. Ethan’s undaunted zeal made for huge laughs.

The cast—led by Ben Feldman (Ethan) and Mamie Gummer (Alice), with Amy Aquino, Matthew Arkin, Devon Sorvari and Dominique Worsley—brought down the house with thunderous applause and a standing ovation for this newest work by playwright Michael Mitnick.

Honorary Producers Steve and Laurie Duncan were among those who leaped to add their applause at opening.

“We appreciate the opportunity to underwrite a play that is honest, heartwarming and relatable to adult audiences of all ages,” Steve says. “The Siegel is sure to win hearts of many for years to come! Many thanks to SCR!

The good humor and high spirits continued at the Cast Party, generously sponsored by the Silver Trumpet Restaurant & Bar at the Avenue of the Arts Hotel. Guests enjoyed a range of delectables ranging from caprese skewers and toasted brioche topped with shaved prosciutto and compressed melon to an Italian salad station and mini-meatball and provolone subs to a hummus trio with bagel chips. Candlelight gently warmed the setting.

Who could resist the tempting triple berry cobbler with whipped cream or the night’s specialty cocktail, aptly named “The One That Got Away”? The drink—a Cosmopolitan martini—honored the play’s urbanscape.

All the while, partygoers continued to talk about the watercolor-inspired set and whether there is such a thing as a soul mate or “The One.”

The Duncans laud playwright Mitnick as “engaging and exceptional” and director Casey Stangl as “outstanding.”

They add: “The actors were extremely likable onstage and perfectly cast; their precise comedic timing had the audience laughing until the surprise ending and created a spectacular performance on a truly beautiful set designed in the round to smoothly accommodate the changing scenes.”