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Perez Reviews: American Hero

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Every ten years or so comes a movie or a play that attempts to illustrate what life is truly like today.

Thankfully, American Hero, currently playing at 2econd Stage Theater Uptown, does it very very well!

Like a more current and funnier American Beauty, the show is filled with characters who have crushed dreams, failed relationships and so much more!

Whereas a few years ago a similar play may have been darker and more cynical, American Hero is filled with moments of hope and almost non-stop laughter.

Telling the equally bizarre and somehow all-too-realistic tale of three workers at a fancy sandwich shop, playwright Bess Wohl masterfully mines the everyday and mundane into comedic brilliance.

Who knew making a sandwich could be so funny???

The show is about the big and the small. The good and the bad. Working together as a team and how sometimes we get the best of ourselves and each other.

A lot to explore in just 90 minutes with no intermission! A feat executed under the direction of Leigh Silverman.

Thankfully this show has a great cast - all who do a wonderful job. They include Jerry O'Connell, Daoud Heidami and Erin Wilhelmi.

AND Ari Graynor delivers an inspired and revelatory performance as a loose mother who is down on her luck and even more down on herself.

Sitting in that audience we were IN AWE of her comedic timing. Her complete immersion in this character. The way she was able to be big and ballsy yet also intimate and authentic.

She was so invested in every moment! It was a pleasure and a privilege to get to watch her do this part.

Ari Graynor is a superstar! We can't wait until the rest of the world finds out!!!

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Perez Reviews: The Performers

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Like a good porn film, The Performers is fast and furious! The new Broadway comedy, about the world of adult films, has lots of laughs and a great cast, but - like a good porn film - there's not much else there.

After the show was over, we were left asking: "What was the takeaway?" There isn't much! It's just like an extended sitcom. 90 minutes - without an intermission.

While it won't change your life, The Performers is lots of fun! Plenty of fluff and stuff! Laughs, shirtlessnes, pantslessness, and great performances from a cast that includes Alicia Silverstone and Henry Winkler!

The two standouts, though, were Cheyenne Jackson as the hunky porn star with the heart of gold, Mandrew, and Ari Graynor, who gives a star-making performance and steals the show as Mandrew's porn star wife. From his great accent to his uber heteroness, Jackson created a fully-fleshed and engaging character that was very different from anything we've seen him do before. And Graynor was just splendid; comically brilliant and dramatically vulnerable!

Silverstone and Winkler gave solid performances, and Alicia sparkled when they let her character have more fun - by getting her drunk. Jenni Barber was also effective, but Daniel Breaker was clueless as the reporter. Bad pun intended. He, unfortunately, was the weakest link in the otherwise great cast.

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Olivia Wilde Dishes On Jason Sudeikis Sexy Time & The Awakening Of Her Vagina!

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Oooo child, we love us some candid conversation about love and sex!!

And that is exactly what Olivia Wilde — among a variety of talented, clever women — provided at the These Girls monologue reading event Monday night in NYC!

During her poignant reading, Olivia revealed that when she gets all sexy in the sheets with her current loverman Jason Sudeikis, it's "like Kenyan marathon runners," and then continued to beam over Jason, exclaiming how "blissfully, hopelessly, wildly" in love she is.

Olivia also discussed her 8-year marriage to

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Taylor Swift Signs On To Play Joni Mitchell!

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It's official!!

Taylor Swift has signed on to play legendary folk singer Joni Mitchell in upcoming flick Girls Like Us!

We first heard Swifty wanted to be in the movie back in April. The film's producers refused to officially hand over the part until very recently.

Perhaps the success of her latest single, We're Never Ever Getting Back Together, gave her the edge!

Girls Like Us will feature a look inside the life and career of Joni Mitchell, along with fellow singers, Carly Simon and Carole King.

As of now, they haven't cast the other leading roles, but we hear Alison Pill, Olivia Thirby, Ari Graynor and Zoe Kazan will test for the role of King. And actresses,Allison Williams, Jessica Pare and Analeigh Tipton are fighting to play Simon.

This flick could have a HUGE impact on T-Swift's career. Playing a real person is always a challenge, but if done right it can be VERY rewarding awarding!

Taylor already has a Grammy, could she be after a Golden Globe and an Oscar too??

[Images via AP/WENN.]

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