27
Oct

La Cage aux Folles

La Cage aux Folles
Out Front Theatre
through November 9, 2019

It was 36 years ago that La Cage hit the stage in New York. Some things were quite different in those days; but then it does bring to mind the old French saying that “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” The show title actually translates to a cage of mad women. And you may interpret the word “mad” as crazy or as riled, or maybe both.

A truly spectacular production directed by Paul Conroy, with a cast of 15 incredible players, most of whom come on a drag queens. What you probably don’t get is that most of these alluring females, have appeared in many theatre productions as just average guys. What is such a delight to the eyes, is both the costumes by Jay Reynolds, and the exciting choreography by Jordan Keyon Moncrief.

The story is about a gay couple who live above a night club, La Cage, and Georges (Tony Hayes) the he/him of the duo is the owner and emcee for the club. His “wife” is the ego-centric Albin (Clint Clark) who comes on stage at the club as ZaZa and is always stage center. There is a son, Jean-Michel who has fallen in love with a girl, Anne, and they are engaged to be wed.

But, Anne’s parents would be terribly against such a son-in-law in that the father of the bride is a politician who heads up the Tradition, Family & Morality Party. And the parents of this young man would be a publicity problem for her parents. Jean-Michel wants his parents to come off as “normal” so he gets Dad to invite his long lost Mother to the meet-up; except she had other plans. So what to do? The gent who has acted as his mother for most of his life, decides to show up in drag and come off as Mum.

Some things get even crazier, as the media has found out that the politician is in town and they learn where he is, and the have stormed the premises to grab many shots of Mr. Homophobic at a gay club. So what to do, again? You have to see the show to see how they handle it. Needless to say that all comes out right iin the end (no pun intended).

With a full band under the baton of Nick Silvestri, this one comes off as good as anything you’d see in NYC or London. You will enjoy them all standing up to let folks know that they are what they are and that some days may even be the best of times. Just have to deal with the other days. Remind you of family or some currently in office?

Out Front is easy to get to downtown, valet parking, open bar and goodies, and all seats unobstructed views. More info at OutFrontTheatre.com

25
Oct

Wicked

Wicked
Fox Theatre
through November 17, 2019

You know it is an audience magnet when one of the big touring companies comes to town for more than three weeks, when most of them are booked in for a 5-night run. And the opening night of Wicked played to more than 4,000 patrons, each of whom thoroughly enjoyed it.

With a cast of more than 30 players, a fantastic first-class set and props, live orchestra in the pit and superb lighting and imagery, the company moves through 20 numbers and delights young and old alike.

I doubt that Frank Baum could have imagined not only that his tale of the Wizard of Oz might be the inspiration for Gregory Maguire’s The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West; but that the later revision would find it’s way to Broadway and become one of the highest grossing plays of all time. Right up there with Lion King and Phantom.

Directed by Joe Mantello, you’ll be engulfed in the tale, where Elphaba (Talia Suskauer) and Galinda (Allison Baily) get in each other’s faces. You know one of them had a strange birth defect and that caused her a lot of concern when interacting with others. Some of the other characters you will enjoy are that goofy teacher, Doctor Dillamond (Tom Flynn) , Madame Morrible (Sharon Sachs) and Fiyero (Curt Hansen). Of course you get to see those monkeys and some munchkins and even the Tin Man shows up in Act II.

It’s one of those where the audience yells, claps and screams out and at the end want to stand up and shout out CONGRATULOTIONS to all.

More info at FoxTheatre.org

25
Oct

Joe Gransden: One for the Ladies

Joe Gransden : One for the Ladies
October 27 at Theatrical Outfit
October 28 at Georgia Ensemble

Joe Gransden and his 16-piece Big Band take the stage in two different venues in tow days, to bring down the house with singer Robin Latimore, who belts out dozens of oldies from Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Etta James, Sarah Vaughan and others.

Joe not only works his magic with the trumpet, but loves to sing as well, doing some of the oldies by Sinatra and others. The show promises to be a great couple of hours, and each of the venues has good views from all seats.

Theatrical Outfit is downtown in Luckie Street and they will provide discounted parking at the garage just north of their theatre. If there’s some big bashes going on downtown just allow some extra time for the drive-through.

And Georgia Ensemble Theatre is north of town, in Roswell, and easy to get to with free parking. So no matter what part of town is your ‘hood, you’ll find a way to a terrific evening.

More info is available at TheatricalOutfit.org or GET.org

 

22
Oct

Safety Net

 

 

 

 

 

 

Safety Net
Theatrical Outfit
through November 10, 2019

Safety Net is a new work from prize winning playwright, Daryl Lisa Fazio, and this is it’s premiere staging. We get to listen in to the love, stress and chaos which occurs among three women. Set in Jasper County, Alabama it is about a woman who is up for promotion to Fire Chief, while she also deals with many other issues.

Daryl Lisa Fazio plays Chris, the woman fire fighter, who has lots of interactions with addicts who overdose, since the EMTs from the fire department are the most often first responders in most communities. Chris has had her own problems, but she also loves her mother, Xenia (Carolyn Cook) who is getting on in years and like so many of us, hates the concept of not being able to do many of the daily activities she once was accustomed to doing.

Enter a junkie named Val (Rhyn McLemore Saver) who was once a classmate of Chris and now is a street person. She is trying to get clean and that is not working as quickly nor easily as she had hoped for. While Val tries to remain aloof, she is pulled into the home and winds up caring for Xenia, while Chris is caring for everybody. Issues are always just beneath the surface, such as whether or not one should de