By Jenny Peters
It was a packed house full of familiar Hollywood faces at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood on November 16, 2016, all there to take in the world premiere of “Icebergs,” Alena Smith’s clever new play.
“Icebergs” follows an evening in the lives of five thirtysomethings – four Los Angeles hipsters and one visitor from Missouri — as they wrestle with the realities of life in the modern era. Addressing topics ranging from the world’s melting icecaps to the more personal dilemma of whether or not to bring children into that unsecure world, the dramatic comedy snaps, crackles and pops along for a brisk 90 minutes (with no intermission).
The cast, led by “Mom” star Nate Corddry and supported by Rebecca Henderson, Jennifer Mudge, Lucas Near-Verbrugghe and Keith Powell, does an admirable job of bringing Smith’s story to life in this limited-run show. In fact, the opening-night audience that included stars like Emmy winner Sarah Paulson, and fellow actors Amanda Peet, Edi Gathegi, French Stewart, Sharon Lawrence and Amanda Seyfried all gave an enthusiastic cheer as the play concluded.
At the lively after party held at the Napa Valley Grille, those well-known stars of film, television and stage joined the cast for a celebration that went well into the evening, fueled by the Grille’s winning combinations of grilled meats and vegetables, healthy salads and decadent desserts.
And unless, as “Icebergs” somewhat gloomily predicts for our future, the world’s environment suffers a mankind-created catastrophe in the next few weeks, the play runs at the Geffen until December 18. Tickets range from $43 to $84 and can be purchased online or at the box office.