Theater Collides With History in Charles Busch's Our Leading Lady
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The last date listed for Our Leading Lady was Sunday December 4, 2011 / 2:00pm.
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Featured review from Andrea L
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The play itself was entertaining. The standout lead did in fact stand out. As did the kitschy Maudie, and the very effective Mme Wu Xan. Other performances were competent, but a couple actors didn't make it at all... some of the acting was inconsistent for character and wooden.
The actual location of the performers was often very flat and two-dimensional, which made it feel claustrophobic, although the set was large enough to accommodate more 3-d placement and movement. I found that to be a distraction.
While some of the costumes were quite nice, others were really badly made, and not ironed...I don't mind a few wrinkles, but this made the production look low-budget. Often, good production values can enhance the look to surpass the budget.
Same for props. Mid-century chairs just don't do it when there are all over, for free, and in the alleys, late 19th and early 20th c chairs that work, or that can be borrowed from other companies.
So, Mrs. Lincoln, other than that, how did you like the show?
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 Company
Project 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.