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THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2016
The Rockaway Times
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Rockaway Theatre Company
WELCOME TO LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
ByDanGuarino
“We are what we are. And what
we are is an illusion!”
With those opening lyrics, the
Rockaway Theatre Company’s
production of La Cage Aux Folles
takes offwith a bang.
The
comedy/musical/love
story opens on Friday, August
5, at 8 p.m. Running through
August 21, show times are Fri-
days and Saturdays, plus a per-
formance on Thursday, August
11, at 8 p.m. Sunday shows start
at 2 p.m.
Reserve tickets at www.rock-
awaytheatrecompany.org
or
call 718-374-6400.
“The basic story,” La Cage Aux
Folles director John Gilleece
says, “revolves around a young
man who is about to get mar-
ried. He must introduce his fi-
ancé and her parents to his par-
ents. But he is embarrassed by
his parents because they live an
alternate life-style.”
He’s also “worried because his
fiancé's father is a strict Conserv-
ative politician. So the meeting
of these two families presents the
audiencewithmanyopportunities
for comparison -- andcomedy.”
Manypeople,Gilleecesays,may
be familiar with the story fromthe
original French movie, adapt-
ed from a play. Or they know the
American version, The Bird Cage,
starring Robin Williams and Na-
than Lane.
Why else did he pick this play?
“Because it has somany themes
that our audience can relate to.
What child has not been embar-
rassedbyhisorherparents? What
family has not dealt with issues of
love and respect?”
The situation allows the audi-
ence to watch as the son learns
to respect and love his parents,
despite what many people would
consider their eccentric life-style.
In fact, as the character of Albin
says to Georges in the play, “This
is all about love…"
TheRTCproduction is basedon
the Broadway stage adaptionwith
a script by Harvey Fierstein and
lyrics/music by JerryHerman.
“I liked the soaring and senti-
mental songs Jerry Herman cre-
ated for the show. ‘I Am What I
Am’ and ‘The Best of Times’ have
become iconic hits. But there are
many other tuneful love songs
and comic songs that help to re-
veal the emotions tugging at these
characters.”
RTC’s La Cage is not short on
dancing either.
Gilleece explains, “I saw plen-
ty of opportunities for dance in
this play -- and our audiences
love to watch good dances. The
Cagelles, a collection of talent-
ed men in drag in the play, have
several show-stopping produc-
tion numbers which I am sure
our audiences will appreciate.
Our Cagelles have spent count-
less hours perfecting their songs
and dances to ensure that will
happen. And I have staged it so
that many other characters sing
and dance also.”
“Ialso likedthecomicdialogue
and situations. Many characters
are funny by themselves, many
lines of dialogue are hilarious
and many situations are exam-
ples of comic genius. It is a very
funny show.”
It’s a show that has been three
months in the making. But,
Gilleece says, “Working with
this cast has been an absolute
pleasure. In fact, this is one of
the hardest-working casts I have
ever directed.”
“Finally, I liked the happy reso-
lution of the familial conflicts and
the ultimate realization that we all
have to love and respect each oth-
er because, after all, we are what
we are."
Photo by Rob Mintzes