The show features an amazing cast including
- Drama Desk Award winner Reed Birney (Taking Care of Baby at MTC, Blasted)
- Tony Award winner John Cullum (The Scottsboro Boys, "ER", "Northern Exposure")
- Tony Award winner Gabriel Ebert (Matilda, 4000 Miles)
- Obie Award winner Lisa Emery (Lonely, I'm Not; Iron at MTC)
- Tony Award nominee Tom McGowan (Wicked, "Everybody Loves Raymond", Kenny from "Frasier")
- Drama Desk Award nominee Patrick Page (Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, Cyrano de Bergerac)
- Larry Pine (The Royal Family, "House of Cards")
- Drama Desk Award winner Nick Westrate (Loot, Tribes)
- Emmy Award winner and Oscar nominee Mare Winningham (Picnic, "Hatfields & McCoys")
Stana has posted several articles about Casa Valentina (including a great post yesterday) and Casa Susanna. Wonderful stuff from Stana, as always.
I also found an excellent New York Times article about the play. Excerpt:
Boas, corsets and high heels are fun, familiar staples of theater. But “Casa Valentina” is about a subculture rarely seen onstage — cross-dressers — and mixes masculinity and femininity in ways that daunted the actors at first, and may do the same to audiences. The play, now in previews, is based on a real Catskills resort where husbands and fathers went in the 1960s to dress and act as women. These were white-collar professionals hobbling in heels, not drag queens sashaying in stilettos; men expressing their femininity without compromising their maleness.
I'm excited to hear about reactions to the play. Even with the Fierstein's track record, a great cast and what sounds like a top-notch production in every way, there are so many ways for this to go wrong. I hope they get it right.