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, 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.
Now the solo will have a legit stint, as Homecoming comes to OB's Westside Theatre for a limited run of Monday nights, starting Sept. 10.
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 Maryann Lombardi (of boulevard arts, inc. [sic]) 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 tickets ($45) and information on Homecoming at the Westside, 407 West 43rd St., call (212) 239-6200.
— By David Lefkowitz