Monday, May 20, 2013
SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY, MAYBE by Lauren Graham
Charming and funny, warm and authentic. Authentic should be underlined because the story is about a young woman who dreams of Broadway. And the author/reader is an actress who has performed on Broadway and appeared in films. She knows of what she writes and narrates. For this listener a story is often greatly enhanced when read by the author, and that is certainly the case with Someday, Someday, Maybe.
In Graham’s debut we meet Franny Banks, an aspiring actress who has set a goal for herself - realize her dream in New York City within three years or take up another profession. She has come so close but not close enough and there are only a few months left in her self-imposed timeline.
She has strived diligently - acting classes with a well thought of coach and a performance in his showcase that garnered her offers from two agents. There’s the glib Joe Melville and been-there-seen-it-all Barney Sparks. Joe has landed her a bit part in a newly revived sit com - problem is it hasn’t aired.
Her love life seems to be doing better than her career - there’s a long distance connection to Clark, a Chicago law student, a what-might-amount-to-something dalliance with a good looking actor, James, and the comfortable comradery of her screenwriter roommate, Dan.
Franny makes do by working as a catering server and cocktail waitress. Things start to look up when Joe lands a role for her or do they? It’s in a zombie film and nudity is required.
Someday, Someday, Maybe is a unique coming of age story set in the entertainment industry. It’s laced with hope, humor and good bits of advice.
- Gail Cooke