Don’t arrive late to a performance of An Act of God at the Ahmanson. Candy Spelling and a pal found out the hard way on opening night when leading man Sean Hayes stopped the production while the tardy ladies made the loooooong procession to their premium seats—dead center—ten minutes into the show. “Y’all set?” he asked before continuing. He did something similar to latecomers during his performance the night before. So, L.A., no 20-minute-afters at this one.
The opening night of David Javerbaum’s production brought out scads of notables like Allison Janney, Nia Vardalos, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Wilson Cruz, and Jane Lynch. After the standing O’s and backstage meet-and-greets, it was on to an after-party at nearby Vespaio, where the well-heeled parted when The Almighty Himself (Hayes, that is) made his grand entrance. It’s a fresh, funny show that has been L.A.-ified as Hayes takes over the part originated on Broadway by Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory). Sean Hayes will be performing in An Act of God at the Ahmanson until March 13.