November 7 is "Mae Day" at the George Street Playhouse. The New Jersey theatre, which is currently presenting Claudia Shear's Dirty Blonde, will celebrate Mae West with a special event and several prizes.
Theatregoers are encouraged to "put a wig on your head, some wiggle in your walk and strut your stuff as Mae West" prior to the 8 PM performance of the award-winning play. George Street staff will be stationed in the lobby at 7:30 PM, where they will hand out prizes to their favorite bombshells. As Mae West once said, "Too much of a good thing . . . is wonderful!"
Dirty Blonde runs through Nov. 24 at the George Street Playhouse, which 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.
Ryan Dunn — who appeared in the most recent Lincoln Center production of Twelfth Night — stars 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 is 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 plays 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 is the play's director. 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).