WELLSBURG - Nic Taylor of Wellsburg, director of the Brooke Hills Playhouse production of the classic Jon Kander-Fred Ebb-Bob Fosse musical comedy, "Chicago," says the cast of the production is the strongest ensemble with whom he's ever worked.
"They range in age from 14 to the upper 50s, and they have experience and they have youth, but what I have from everyone is excitement, and that's what you need to put on a good show," Taylor declared.
Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, with a script adaptation by David Thompson, "Chicago" focuses on vaudevillian Velma Kelly (Emily Hores of Wellsburg) and chorus girl Roxie Hart (Kacie Craig of Weirton), both accused of murders and both vying for the spotlight from an eager press corps and the services of unscrupulous criminal lawyer Billy Flynn (John Heiserman of Weirton).
Emily Hores, left, and Kacie Craig rehearse for the Brooke Hills Playhouse production of ‘Chicago,’ being staged Friday, Saturday and Sunday. - Contributed
"Chicago" was the recipient of six Tony awards and six Drama Desk awards, including best revival of a musical from both presenters. The show will conclude its two-weekend run at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Because of limited seating, reservations are strongly suggested, and may be made by calling the playhouse at (304) 737-3344.
The playhouse's next production will be Eve Ensler's comedy-drama, "The Vagina Monologues," to be presented at 8 p.m. July 25-26. Each of the monologues, alternating among three actors, deals with an aspect of the female experience, with recurring themes of female empowerment and the ultimate embodiment of individuality. Because of explicit content and language, the play is recommended for adults only.
"The Vagina Monologues," which won the 1997 Obie Award for best off-Broadway play, has been staged internationally, and a television version featuring Ensler was produced by HBO. In 1998, Ensler and others launched V-Day, a global nonprofit movement that has raised more than $75 million for women's anti-violence groups.
The rest of the season includes Chris Grabenstein's adventure for young audiences, "Curiosity Cat," Aug. 1-3 and 8-10; "The Congressman," a comedy by W.C. Parker, adapted for readers' theater by Charles Calabrese, Aug. 15-17; and Ken Ludwig's comedy-mystery, "The Game's Afoot or, Holmes for the Holidays," Aug. 22-24 and 29-31.