"Man, I feel like a woman!"
THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE
What it’s about … in the ‘Hot Spot on the Panhandle’, an exuberant, but under-appreciated Elvis impersonator, launches a new career as a drag queen. The long format, one-act play with music is the work of the playwright Matthew Lopez, who was inspired by his firsthand, behind-the-scenes observations in Panama City, Florida. The result is a funny, edgy and touching story of a straight man recognizing his true artistic calling.
Sounds like a new vocabulary … there was a day when the terms ‘Drag Queen’ ‘Crossdresser’ and ‘Transgender’ were not recognized as unique. If you need a refresher course, there are definitions in the show program. For all of the rest of us, this feels like a play that has found both its time and its audience - wacky fun that's over the top.
Who stands out and what to watch for … the engaging Nate Santana as Casey the struggling Elvis who transforms into the effervescent Georgia McBride before our very eyes. Sean Blake sparkles as Miss Tracy Mills. Keith Kupferer, Jeff Kurysz (delightful in a pair of supporting roles) and Leslie Ann Shepard round out the fine cast. There are many elaborate costumes by Rachel Laritz and scenes where more than a few trade secrets are revealed.
What’s the takeaway … we should like and respect each other ... be honest with those around us, and follow your passion. If it's possible, confront fear and ignorance with compassion, understanding and acceptance. If that doesn’t work, put on your big girl pants and get back in the game.
Why and when you should go … there is a timeliness about this production in the confines of Northlight Theatre's home in Skokie … try to make an evening performance, sit back and enjoy.
Photo | Michael Brosilow
The Legend of Georgia McBride
through October 15th
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 673-6300 WEBSITE TICKETS