Favorite ThingsTHEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Two-Time Tony Nominee and In Masks Star Alison Fraser Shares Her Theatregoing ExperiencesPlaybill.com's new feature series, Their Favorite Things, asks members of the theatre community to share ten of the Broadway performances that most affected them as part of the audience.
This week we spotlight the choices of two-time Tony nominee Alison Fraser, who is currently appearing Off-Broadway in the world premiere of Tennessee Williams' In Masks Outrageous and Austere.
"David Saint's production of this old chestnut got me in a way that I haven't been grabbed theatrically in years. The emotional impact, the superb ensemble cast, and the surprising timeliness in light of the recent tragedy and subsequent verdict at Rutgers had me in tears five times. And, I'm not a crier."
"At a tough time in my life financially, I saw it at full price after seeing the astonishing Tony Award broadcast, and then had to go again the next night to see if it was as amazing as I recalled it. It was. Maybe more so."
"Andre Belgrader's (pictured) hilarious, anarchic take on Jarry’s Ubu Roi, with a blistering rock score by Rusty Magee. 'The Limb Ballet,' in which body parts fell to the floor to a celestial theme, is one of the most shattering comments on the horror and senselessness of war I have ever encountered."
"I fell in love with Charles Busch and Julie Halston after seeing this production. I also think it, in addition to being seriously funny, is an incredibly incisive attack on McCarthyism. Not to mention Method acting!"
"The audience roamed around an armory dolled up as a 1930's Italian villa and got to choose which simultaneous character plot line to follow by going into various rooms. I wound up alone in a boudoir watching the shockingly committed Laura Esterman (pictured), playing Luisa, kill herself. I still get the willies thinking about it. I almost called for help."