She’s been to Amsterdam and she’s been a “who’s Huu” in Seattle, but now for actress-writer Lauren Weedman is having a Homecoming — literally. Weedman’s best-known piece, Homecoming, has been playing at NYC’s The Duplex cabaret since Nov. 27, 2000 in the hopes of sparking interest in a spring run Off Broadway. The show was received well enough to extend at the Duplex past the original Dec. 20 closing date to Jan. 29, 2001.
Now the solo will run at least another month — but this time at a different venue. After ending at the Duplex Jan. 29, Homecoming will have four performances at the cabaret venue Don't Tell Mama: Feb. 4, Feb. 12, Feb. 23 and Feb. 27.
A popular Seattle performer, Weedman appeared at the Empty Space Theatre in The Salvation of Iggy Scrooge, Pants on Fire, Wuthering! Heights! The! Musical!, Texarkana Waltz and this season’s Amsterdam. She is known for her work in the final season of Almost Live TV and her solo pieces, If Ornaments Had Lips, Yea, Though I Walk; Huu and the aforementioned Homecoming, which has already played several stints in New York City, including a recent run at the Westbeth Theatre Center.
In Homecoming, among the roles Weedman essays in the tale of her search for her birth mother are her adopted Mom, her bossy sister, her aging Grandma, and her boyfriend, switching from one character to another rapidly.
Producer and director Maryann Lombardi (of boulevard arts, inc. [sic]) had wanted to tour Homecoming around New York City before settling into a permanent space in spring. Off-Broadway being booked rather tightly at the moment, Homecoming will instead tour Florida in March and April. For tickets ($15 plus two-drink minimum) and information on Homecoming at the Duplex, 61 Christopher Street, call (212) 874 4007. For tickets ($15 plus two-drink minimum) and information on Homecoming at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46 St., call (212) 874 4007.
— By David Lefkowitz