He was, according to Will Stutts, "the undisputed leader of modern architecture. He had totally utopian ideals and favored a radical departure from the norm -- and his personal life was as conspicuous and dramatic as his architectural designs!" The man in question is Frank Lloyd Wright, and Stutts plays him in the solo show, Frank Lloyd Wright, playing at the Walnut Street Studio 3 through Dec. 29.
In the show, Stutts catches Wright at age 90, two years before the architect's death. "I relate to the audience as if they are my apprentices," Wright has said. Among Wright's designed buildings are private homes in Philadelphia and the Beth Sholom Synagogue in Elkins Park, PA.
Stutts' other one-man shows at the Walnut have included Noel Coward At The Cafe De Paris, Walt Whitman, and the ineffable, Will Stutts' Tallulah! (Stutts is a cousin of the late Tallulah Bankhead).
In other Walnut news, coming to the Walnut mainstage, Jan. 27 only, is Frank Ferrante, the current star of Off-Broadway's Marx-ist musical, The Cocoanuts. Ferrante will appear in An Evening With Groucho - "The Music And Madness Of Groucho Marx." He will also be directing and starring in Laughter On The 23rd Floor at the Walnut mainstage space, Jan. 11-Feb. 23.
For tickets and information on any of the Walnut Street Theatre productions mentioned in this story, call (215) 574-3550, ext. 4, or refer to the Walnut's regional Theatre listing on Playbill On-Line. -- By David Lefkowitz