can't tell the players without a program and with this old switcheroo routine,
ICT's "The Legend of Georgia McBride” is perfect for Pride Month. What I
love about Long Beach's ICT is the intimacy of the space and how nice the staff
is at first blush. Producer caryn desai makes first nighters feel right at home.
| Taubert Nadalini|
Photo by Kayte Deioma
drives forty miles each way to Cleo's on the Beach, a dive
bar run by Eddie (Tom Trudgeon) the least competent MC on the Florida Panhandle. He
introduces Casey, a pretty darned good Elvis impersonator / lipsync artist.
does not disappoint!
at home? Yes. Casey has used up the debit card to quell a pizza jones and his
wife, Jo (Karese Frizell) takes him to task for screwing up the rent payment.
And?? And.. she's pregnant!
Lopez's somewhat loopy play is slightly over long, but the cast and the
audience are all having a great time. The story moves along cinematically. Director Jamie Torcellini's clever deployment
of a quick change stage crew as well as an on stage makeup artist, works! We buy the
transitions from back stage to on stage to Jo and Casey's apartment without
batting an eye.
Showing up for work with a new Elvis
jump suit, Casey learns that Elvis is out and Drag is in. Miss Tracy Mills (Jeff
|MISS TRACY MILLS|
and side kick Rexy (Donzell Lewis who also knocks it out of the park as
Jason) show up at Cleo's and the real fun begins
lip synced musical numbers are bright and colorful and Kimberly DeShazo's
wonderful costumes bring the characters to life. There are feathers.
a slow transition for Casey from reluctant conscript to becoming Miss Georgia
McBride. Miss Tracy has most of
the one liners that include a long list of really horrible puns. One liners and
the wonderful device of a guy virtually forced into a dress to
lip sync to Edith Piaf crooning "Padam Padam Padam" is passing
hilarious. Miss Tracy's lesson in lipsyncing when you don't know the words is far out!
ups and down, the conflicts and
resolutions, succeed. It's a comedy with a taste of Mickey and Judy putting on
a show in a barn. Cleo's on the Beach magically transforms from a beachfront
dive to a Happening Drag Show Room just in time for Pride Month. I would
like to credit the on stage makeup artist, but I cannot find his name. The
transformations are really spectacular.
Lopez has an agenda.
He's penned a script that juggles the broad world of Female Impersonation with
the shame of a straight male coming into his own as a 'woman'. He lets us know through an eloquent monologue by Rexy that 'Drag is not for sissies!'
And! To fully express one's self as a Drag Queen is nothing to be ashamed of. Revelations
and amazing transformations float the plot with one major stumbling block
hanging clouds over Miss Georgia McBride (Casey), but as in any
eventually cheery story, the clouds part and the big, big finale has the
audience on its feet.
is a must see, especially for heterosexuals. Misconceptions regarding gender and female impersonation are nicely addressed. To be gay and proud and certainly
not apologetic, is part of the theme. "Georgia McBride" is a play with music with strong performances
and some magical quick change effects. It has a fantastic stage crew, and is
certainly a show for our times.
Please head to Long Beach and see this Legend
of Georgia McBride.
Nadalini (Casey/Georgia McBride)
Sumner (Miss Tracy Mills/Bobby)
Scrivner (Scenic Designer)
Ruzika (Lighting Designer)
Kimberly DeShazo (Resident Costume Designer)
Legend of Georgia McBride
International City Theatre
Beach Performing Arts Center
East Seaside Way
Beach, CA 90802
June 10 – June 26, 2022
at 8 p.m June 16, June 23
• Fridays at 8 p.m June 10 (Opening Night), June 17, June
• Saturdays at 8 p.m. June
11, June 18, June 25
• Sundays at 2
p.m. June 12, June 19, June 26
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