Kathleen Turner Has a High Time in Ft. Lauderdale Feb. 29-March 4
By Kenneth Jones
Kathleen Turner reprises her Broadway turn as a tough-talking nun who counsels a young drug addict in a Ft. Lauderdale, FL, engagement of the three-character play High. Performances play The Parker Playhouse Feb. 29-March 4.
Matthew Lombardo's lurid drama — spiced with nudity, profanity and violence seen and unseen — is directed by Rob Ruggiero, repeating his work from Broadway. The production has been seen in major markets including Boston and San Francisco in 2011-12.
Rising actor Evan Jonigkeit again plays addict Cody Randall, who is mysteriously connected to Father Michael Delpapp, played by Broadway understudy Timothy Altmeyer. (Stephen Kunken, a Tony Award nominee for Enron, originated the role.)
The play was not embraced by critics, but two-time Golden Globe winner, Academy Award and Tony Award nominee Turner drew interest for her star power and for her voracious performance.
Lombardo's plays include Broadway's Looped and Off-Broadway's Tea at Five, plus Mother and Child and Guilty Innocence.
Ruggiero directed Looped and High on Broadway, plus popular regional engagements of Ella, which he co-conceived, and the recent Goodspeed Musicals revival of Show Boat, among many other works.
Turner was Tony-nominated as Martha in the 2005 revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? She also appeared in Broadway's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Indiscretions and The Graduate. Her films include "Prizzi's Honor," "The War of the Roses," "Body Heat," "Peggy Sue Got Married" and "The Jewel of the Nile," among many others.
For his work as the bruised and bruising Cody, Jonigkeit was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play.
Here's how High is billed: "When Sister Jamison Connelly (Turner) agrees to sponsor a 19 year-old drug user in an effort to help him combat his addiction, her own faith is ultimately tested. Struggling between the knowledge she possesses as a rehabilitation counselor and a woman of religious conviction, she begins to question her belief in miracles and whether people can find the courage to change. High explores the universal themes of truth, forgiveness, redemption and human fallibility."
High is produced by Ann Cady Scott & Timothy J. Hampton in association with The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.
The design team includes David Gallo (sets), Jess Goldstein (costumes) John Lasiter (lighting) and Vincent Olivieri (sound and original music).
For tickets and information, visit www.parkerplayhouse.com or phone at (954) 462-0222.
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