She’s been to Amsterdam and she’s been a “who’s Huu” in Seattle, but these days actress-writer Lauren Weedman has been having a Homecoming — literally. Weedman’s best-known piece, Homecoming, played a number of engagements at NYC cabaret venues cabaret since late fall 2000 in the hopes of sparking interest in a run Off Broadway. The solo began a once-a-week legit stint at OB's Westside Theatre Sept. 10 and was poised for a limited run there — that is, until terrorist attacks the next day turned New York and the world upside down. As such, Homecoming's producers, boulevard arts inc. [Sic], announced after the Sept. 24 performance that the show would go on hiatus until January 2002. According to production spokesperson Karen Greco, producer and director Maryann Lombardi said in a statement, "...the current circumstances of the New York theatre market make it necessary for Homecoming to suspend production for the time being and reopen as the market recovers. We look forward to the opportunity to continue developing our audience and returning with this heartfelt, hopeful and hilarious show."
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. She's also recently become an on-camera member of the team for the cable-TV news-satire comedy, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."
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 Lombardi had wanted to tour Homecoming around New York City before settling into a permanent space in spring 2001. Off-Broadway was booked rather tightly, so Homecoming instead toured Florida in March and April of this year.
For information on Homecoming at the Westside, 407 West 43rd St., call (212) 239-6200. — By David Lefkowitz