Katie Finneran, a 2002 Best Featured Actress Tony Award nominee for playing sexy and daffy Brooke Ashton in Noises Off, is used to the same question: Are your contact lenses in?
In the revival of the Michael Frayn farce, some of her choicest comic moments hinge on the sudden loss of her lenses. When asked if her lenses were secure at the recent brunch celebrating the Tony nominees, Finneran said they were intact. "I do wear contacts. I've never lost them, though," she said.
Finneran will shed her lacy lingerie in the Broadway comedy in the coming months and surround herself with the best designer clothes as an ensemble member in a new CBS sitcom, "Bram and Alice," starring Alfred Molina and featuring Roger Bart of The Producers.
"[It's about] a famous writer [Molina] and all of his friends that kind of hang out in this restaurant-bar downstairs," Finneran explained. "He finds out he has a daughter. It's an ensemble of five, it's a great company. I play a woman named Katie who wears really good clothes and says funny lines and hangs out in the bar."
The show — whose pilot was a hit with CBS execs — is created by "Frasier" vets Joe Keenan and Christopher Lloyd, who earlier fashioned a guest role for Finneran on "Frasier." What's her relationship to Alfred Molina's character? "I live in the same building as he does," Finneran said. "Right now, her boyfriend is a Japanese businessman, so she's always screaming at him in Japanese on her cell phone. I wear fantastic clothing, like the top-of-the-line suits."
Those who loved Finneran's quirky turn in Noises Off worry that, like some other performers, she will leave for Hollywood and never return to the stage.
Is she coming back to Broadway? "I am, of course," she said. "I have plans for something in the future — the near future."