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She Lights Up Well (2014)

An out-of-work actress moves back in with her parents and directs a production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado" to try and save the community theater.


Joyce Wu


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Credited cast:
Joyce Wu ... Sophie
Tsai Chin ... Grandma
Sean Kleier ... Zach
Brian Yang ... David
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Scarlett Benchley Scarlett Benchley ... Chloe
Philip Berns Philip Berns ... Sol
Josh Berresford ... Hipster
Mark Doherty ... TV Show Director
Remi Ellen Dunkel Remi Ellen Dunkel ... Birthday Girl (as Remi Dunkel)
Peter Ganim ... Bodega Owner
Adam Goodman Adam Goodman ... Local News Reporter
Alyssa Guns Alyssa Guns ... Gymnastics Girl
Conrad Haynes ... Teen
Madeline Hickman Madeline Hickman ... Peggy
Shawen Higgins Shawen Higgins ... Teen


An out-of-work actress moves back in with her parents and directs a production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado" to try and save the community theater.

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17 September 2014 (USA) See more »

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I'll Watch This Again
26 June 2015 | by robinsonlindardSee all my reviews

Beautiful cinematography, (shot by Jess Dela Merced) fun character development within a charming story about a young woman who returns to her hometown and tries to save the local theater and its company by taking over direction of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado. Superb performances by the cast, and the satisfying experience of rooting for a bunch of theater-lovers who just want a home to keep acting. The door to the theater plays a part in the film: open/close/locked/open. We're treated to an accurate look at Small Town City Council goings-on, too.

Joyce Wu wrote and directed. Tsai Chin (The Joy Luck Club, Memoirs of a Geisha) plays the continually-skeptical Grandma. Philip Berns as Sol is particularly engaging - we need to see more of him.

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