Monday, September 27, 2010

Saturday, September 11, 2010

So ... Was Last Night as Good for You as It Was for Me?

I'm speaking, of course, about Karen Shields' return to the stage as the great nineteenth century American tragedienne in The Last Reading of Charlotte Cushman, by Carolyn Gage.

This was the first play I've had anything to do with that wound up on the stage of Le Chat Noir, and I couldn't be happier with this new affiliation. Mark Routhier, the Managing Director of Southern Rep @ Le Chat Noir, and Su Gonczy, Lighting Director and soul of Le Chat, were remarkably kind and generous with their support and encouragement. It was one of the happiest experiences I've had in the little world of New Orleans theatre. I'm sure Karen feels the same.

And, speaking of Karen, she was magical. For a woman who once expressed trepidation in the idea that, in this play, she would have to make contact with the audience across the "fourth wall", she has proven to be remarkably adept at doing so. She is personable, intimate, sly, and moving. At the end of the first act last night, I leaned over to Karen's partner and whispered, "She's absorbed 'Miss' Charlotte." (We in the company refer to Cushman as "Miss". It's a Southern thing. We believe she would approve.)

If you weren't in the audience last night (you know who you are), and you care about theatre for grownups with meat on its bones, then you owe it to yourself to try and catch Karen's next performance, Friday, September 17th, at 8:00 PM. Put a little wonder into your life.
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