Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2016-05-04
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


  WINDY CITY TIMES

Theater: A Round-Heeled Woman
by Tracy Baim.
2011-01-19

facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


I was fortunate enough to be able to see Sharon Gless in the world-premiere of A Round-Heeled Woman in San Francisco in January of 2010, and even more fortunate to see it again in Miami Jan. 13, 2011. This allowed for a comparison between the two productions, and a great opportunity to see how creative teams revise and improve their work.

Gless, who has worked for years to bring A Round-Heeled Woman to the stage, is charming and wonderful as the star of the play, based on the true story of writer Jane Juska. Written for the stage and directed seamlessly by Jane Prowse, this new production has been extended at the GableStage in Miami, and I am hoping the next stop will be New York or London, or maybe even Chicago.

I did enjoy the San Francisco production and Gless's co-stars there, but the Miami production has really taken the play to a new level. The set is much stronger, and the co-stars overall more enjoyable in their multi-role performances.

Gless (Cagney & Lacey, Queer as Folk, Burn Notice) is on stage for the 90-minute play, with no breaks. She plays Juska at age 66, when she placed an ad in the New York Review of Books newspaper seeking to "have a lot of sex with a man I like" before her next birthday. As you can imagine, Juska received a wide range of responses, and she filtered them into "yes," "no," and "maybe" piles.

We watch as Gless goes on numerous dates, risking her mental and physical safety, putting it on the line for love. The staging is terrific, and the supporting actors are a treat to watch. Antonio Amadeo is a standout in his four characters, including playing both a young potential date as well as Juska's son Andy.

Kim Ostrenko is fun to watch as a modern-day friend and the character Miss Margaret Mackenzie from a book by Trollope, one of Juska's favorite writers. Laura Turnball also plays a friend and Juska's mother, among other roles. Two older men, Stephen Anthony and Howard Elfman, also play numerous characters, including various dates for Juska.

These actors are a great support for Gless, who carries the play with charisma, humor, sensitivity and passion. If you can't catch it in Miami, let's hope it is staged in another city very soon.

A group of Florida lesbians, coordinated by former Chicago activist Toni Armstrong Jr., attended the Jan. 13 show together. Toni was among the producers on Hannah Free, a feature film I was co-executive producer on, starring Sharon Gless. So it was a fun reunion for some of those involved in the film. And a special treat that night: both Jane Juska and movie legend Liv Ullmann were in the audience. Ullmann came on stage to congratulate both Gless and Juska after, and said how much she enjoyed the play.

See www.gablestage.org .


facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Staceyann Chin coming to Chicago with 'MotherStruck!' 2016-05-04
SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Lorraine Hansberry and Five Lesbian Brothers get new productions 2016-05-04
THEATER REVIEW 180 Degree Rule 2016-05-04
THEATER REVIEW Dry Land 2016-05-04
THEATER REVIEW Connected 2016-05-04
THEATER REVIEW Taste 2016-05-04
Theater spotlight on Too Much Light, Critics' Picks 2016-05-04
'Hamilton' receives record 16 Tony nods 2016-05-03
Indie Boots Theatre Festival 2016: The Ava Plays 2016-04-29
Nominees Announced For the 43rd Non-Equity Jeff Awards 2016-04-29
Harris Theater Presents Music & Dance 2016-17 Season 2016-04-28
THEATER REVIEW Even Longer and Farther Away 2016-04-27
THEATER REVIEW In the Time of the Butterflies 2016-04-27
THEATER REVIEW Sender 2016-04-27
THEATER REVIEW The Producers 2016-04-27
Theater spotlight on In the Heat of the Night, Critic's Picks 2016-04-27
THEATER The end of adolescence: Ike Holter looks at aging hipsters in 'Sender' 2016-04-27
Jennifer Hudson, Harvey Fierstein in "Hairspray Live" to air Dec. 7 2016-04-25
From Berlin to Tinseltown 2016-04-19
THEATER REVIEW Mitera 2016-04-19
THEATER REVIEW Carlyle 2016-04-19
THEATER REVIEW Mary Page Marlowe 2016-04-19
DOUBLE REVIEW Dreamgirls. Trash 2016-04-19
Theater spotlight on Cabaret, Critics' Picks 2016-04-19
Upcoming: Black Playwrights Fest, PFP film fest 2016-04-19
Skin is in at the 'Naked Magic Show' 2016-04-19
Pride Films and Plays kicks off Pride 2016 with The Boys Upstairs 2016-04-14
THEATER REVIEW Hillary and Clinton 2016-04-13
THEATER REVIEW The 30 Year Gap 2016-04-13
THEATER REVIEW Jensen and Wit 2016-04-13
THEATER REVIEW Hazel: A Musical Maid in America 2016-04-13
Theater spotlight on Jabari Dreams of Freedom, Critics' Picks 2016-04-13
Strangeloop stages gay Southern play 2016-04-13
Duriel E. Harris' 'Thingification' at MPAACT May 4 2016-04-13
'Gender Fusions' features award-winning actress 2016-04-12
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble to present midwest premiere of Dry Land 2016-04-10
Matthew Morrison to perform selections from the powerful new musical Exposure 2016-04-09
Duriel E. Harris' 'Thingification' at MPAACT May 4 2016-04-08
Mitera characters continue to love those who hate what they are 2016-04-07
About Face to present Chicago premiere of The Secretaries by Five Lesbian Brothers 2016-04-07
 



Copyright © 2016 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.