Theater Collides With History in Charles Busch's Our Leading Lady
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Stephen King considers The Haunting of Hill House one of the top three horror novels ever written. He isn't alone in his (terrified) admiration: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, even the notoriously picky Dorothy Parker, have all praised Shirley Jackson's novella as the quintessential haunted house story, never to be out-done or out-spooked. Now after two film versions, The Haunting of Hill House has been adapted for the stage by Paul Edwards (winner of 2013 Jeff Award for Best Adaptation for City Lit's Peyton Place). Hoping to find "proof" of the supernatural, Dr. Montague rents Hill House, an abandoned mansion with a creepy reputation, and invites a select number of guests to join him there. Quickly, however, their stay goes horrifically awry. Learn More
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This was a very nice production of one of Charles Busch's less produced plays. The cast was very attentive to the nuances of the piece but did fall short at times in delivering the camp and subtle innuendos Busch had written in. Only the title actress, Mary Anne Bowman, seemed to embody the over-the-top character inherent in Mr. Busch's clever but stylistic writing. Over all though, the production was a worthy and commendable execution !
Project 891 Theatre Co’s 2011-2012 opens with the Chicago premiere of__ Our Leading Lady__ by Charles Bush, directed by ensemble member Michael Rashid, opening at City Lit Theater. __Our Leading Lady __follows the adventures of a group of actors, led by famed thespian Laura Keene, rehearsing for a performance at Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC on April 14, 1865. President Lincoln is rumored to be in the audience that night! What could possibly go wrong?
Our Leading Lady__ features an ensemble cast comprised of Michael Bassett, David Besky, Mary Anne Bowman, Liz Hoffman, Laura Korn, Jason Nykiel, Danne W. Taylor and Michelle X. Taylor.
About the Ticket Supplier: Project 891 Theatre CompanyProject 891 Theatre Company is a new theatre company in Chicago that focuses on lesser known and "undiscovered" plays.
Project 891 was the name given to the Federal Theatre Project's New York unit.
The New York unit saw the production of some of the most inventive and groundbreaking theatrical events of the 1930's including Orson Welle's Voodoo Macbeth, Dr Faustus, Julius Caeser and The Cradle Will Rock.