The Houston premiere of Full Gallop, featuring Stages Repertory veteran Sally Edmundson's turn as Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, has done well enough to merit a two-week extension. The show began previews Sept. 8 and opened at Stages Rep's Arena space Sept. 10 for a run initially scheduled through Oct. 3. Now the show, directed by Rob Bundy, will play until Oct. 17.
Full Gallop finds Vreeland, fashion guru for nearly five decades, after she has been fired from Vogue and is in search of money to begin her next venture. The one-woman piece, penned by Mark Hampton (The Heebie Jeebies) and actress Mary Louise Wilson, originally starred Wilson, who won an Obie and Drama Desk Award for it.
Edmundson has been seen at Stages Rep in All Over, Quills, The Perfect Party, Laughing Wild, Joe Egg, Serenading Louie, Coyote Ugly, The Tempest and Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. Other credits include roles with the Arkansas Repertory and the Virginia Shakespeare Festival.
Designing Gallop are Dennis McNabb (sets, costumes), Kirk Markley (lighting), Stefan Stout (sound) and Jodi Bobrovsky (props). Debs Ramser is the production stage manager.
Single tickets are $46-$17 and available by calling (713) 52-STAGES. Stages Repertory Theatre is located at 3201 Allen Parkway at Waugh. After Gallop comes Craig Lucas' The Dying Gaul in the Thrust Theatre, beginning Oct. 13.
-- By Christine Ehren & David Lefkowitz