Journalist Corinne Wilson (Terry Davis) adores Hollywood — without getting mired in its essence, she writes about the place. “The smog, the deals, the car phones, the Taco Pup. … People who actually discuss the state of their colons over dinner. Who could live anywhere else?”
Two power players need favors from her. Deposed film studio head Vivian Carson (Kathleen Bailey), a steely and manipulative woman now living in Santa Fe , will soon be publishing her memoirs, and she has sent a galley to Corinne for a possible story. She invites Corinne to New Mexico for the weekend, trying further to enlist her help in making a comeback.
Corinne’s ex-lover and Vivian’s successor at the studio, Chris Daley (Steve Blackwood), would like to peek at the galley to prepare himself for possible dirt. He would love nothing more than to keep Vivian a minor blip.
The rising machinations — which include Corinne’s secretary, Sharon (Elisa Pensler Gabrielle) — complicate O’Hare’s plot, all the while pointing up certain gender issues.
Davis effuses wit and warmth; Corrine comes across as a woman who loves power , but uses it well to improve the lot of people.
Bailey creates Vivian Carson as a woman an audience loves to hate. One scene in particular, worth the evening in itself, shows Vivian as the boss from hell, pounding poor Sharon into rubble.
Gabrielle and Blackwood add well to the comedy, giving their characters dimension. Director Joe Lambie sets a fast and fun pace.