Last Chance to catch stage and television actress Marcia Rodd as the on edge Grande Dame of fashion, Diana Vreeland, in the Actors Theatre of Louisville staging of Full Gallop, ending its scheduled run Jan. 23, 1999. The show started previews Dec. 30 for a new year's eve opening at ATL's Pamela Brown Auditorium.
William McNulty directs the Louisville premiere of Mark Hampton and Mary Louise Wilson's snapshot of a 1971 Vreeland, who has just been ousted from her position as editor at Vogue.
Rodd appeared on Broadway in The Last of the Red Hot Lovers and I'm Not Rappaport and played dentist E.J. Riverside in TV's "Trapper John, M.D."
Designers are Tony Penn (lighting), Malcolm Nicholls (sound), Lindsay Davis (costumes) and Elmon Webb (set).
Rodd joins a growing list of actresses who have played the opinionated, bigger-than-life, rouge-smudged Vreeland, who once said, "We allow a splash of bad taste; no taste is what I'm against." Among fellow Dianas are Wilson, who originated the role Off-Broadway, and Brenda Vaccaro, Tovah Feldshuh and Barbara Dirickson, who played it regionally. Louisville favorite Adale O'Brien provides the voice of Vreeland's curt, unseen maid, Yvonne.
ATL tickets are $10-$28. The Tony Award-winning ATL is located at 316 W. Main St. Call (502) 584-1205 or (800) 4-ATL-TIX. Next up at the theatre, the Ahrens-Flaherty musical, Once On This Island.
-- By Kenneth Jones