“My dad got to see me be Lola in North Carolina, and we sat down the day before the show and we talked about the drag. And he now understands it’s part of my job and what I do, but it doesn’t define me. He understands my stance on drag, and now he respects it and is very supportive of me.”
Archives for August 2016
Chicago – Six world premiere plays and four new adaptations seen first by Chicago audiences were among those receiving nominations by The Jeff Awards Committee. 178 nominations in 32 categories honor Chicago Equity theatrical productions that opened between August 1, 2015 and July 31, 2016. Multiple Jeff Award-winning actors Deanna Dunagan and Mike Nussbaum did
By Barry Reszel Sometimes the throw-away paragraph at the bottom of a press release is pretty telltale. Like the one that says, “Fremont Street Theater Company strives to tap into Chicagoland’s exceptional talent pool of actors, dancers, singers, musicians, choreographers, directors and technical designers to satisfy the quintessential need for a superior theater company in
While that’s important (and one day soon, so commonplace as to be unworthy of mention in media reviews), what’s most important of all is that the talent and chemistry among Fortunato’s cast of six actors deserve to catapult each of them to additional leading roles and this production to the tables where awards discussions take place.
The challenge inherent in a performance like this is to bring across the distinctly British humor of Coward’s writing to an American audience… which can seem to modern ears almost painfully twee.