Casting is complete for the George Street Playhouse production of Dirty Blonde, which plays the New Jersey theatre Oct. 29-Nov. 24.
Ryan Dunn — who starred in the most recent Lincoln Center production of Twelfth Night — will star in the dual roles of Mae West and West fan Jo. Those roles were originated off and later on Broadway by the show's playwright Claudia Shear (Shear conceived the play's idea with director James Lapine). Dunn's other stage credits include regional productions of Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Wit and The Way of the World. On television she has appeared in "Law & Order" and "Mad About You," and she will be seen in the upcoming independent film "Trifling with Fate."
Playing opposite Dunn will be Kevin Carolan in the role of Charlie, the Mae West fan who falls in love with Jo after the two meet at the grave of the late Hollywood star. Carolan understudied the role of Charlie on Broadway, where he performed the role opposite Claudia Shear and Kathy Najimy as well as on tour with Sally Mayes. Carolan's regional credits include Kudzu, The Butter and Egg Man, Lucky Guy, Laughter on the 23rd Floor and Off the Hook. His small-screen credits feature roles in "Spin City," "Law & Order" and "Trinity."
Rounding out the cast is Albert Macklin, who will play a variety of roles. One of the founders of New York's The Drama Dept., Macklin has appeared in their productions of The Country Club, The Torch Bearers, As Bees in Honey Drown and June Moon. His Broadway credits include I Hate Hamlet, Doonesbury and The Floating Light Bulb. Macklin's screen credits number "Ed," "Tracey Takes On," "Frasier," "Cradle Will Rock," "Daylight" and "Streamers."
George Street Playhouse's associate director Ethan McSweeny will direct Dirty Blonde, which officially opens on Friday, Nov 1. The remainder of the creative team comprises Louis F. Goldberg (musical direction), Karma Camp (choreography), Andrew Jackness (set designer), Michael Sharpe (costume designer), John Stephen Hoey (lighting designer) and Eileen Tague (sound designer). The George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick, N.J. Tickets are available by calling the box office at (732) 246 7717 or by going on-line to www.georgestplayhouse.org.
— By Andrew Gans