The Round Up, Lavender Country, Austin Lucas, Paisley Fields
Saturday March 26, 2022 04:30 PM EDT
CL Critic Kevin C. Madigan Recommends: Esther is a Black seamstress living in a New York City boarding house in 1905 who sews lingerie for Upper East Side big shots as well as downtown prostitutes. Her skills and discretion have garnered her a steady clientele but she remains lonely and longs for a wealthy husband who could fund her own beauty parlor. The playwright is MacArthur grant recipient and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage whose play received top awards from the New York Drama and Outer Critics circles. Viola Davis took the lead role in the first cast on Broadway in 2004. This time Esther is played by Vallea E. Woodbury, known for portraying the character Tituba in the Actor’s Express production of “The Crucible,” as well as making local appearances in “Ain't Misbehavin'” (Stage Door Players), “La Cage aux Folles” (Out Front), and “Bob's Marley's Three Little Birds” (Synchronicity Theatre). The Wall Street Journal called “Intimate Apparel” one of the “very best plays in the past quarter-century.” — KCM
From the venue:While LAVENDER COUNTRY (1973) was little known outside the Pacific Northwest and only released one self-distributed album, they created a genuine cultural milestone; the first openly gay country album. After sitting stagnant for four decades, indie label Paradise of Bachelors discovered the album, reissued it, and shot Lavender Country into the stratosphere. With a new rotating lineup of musicians, Haggerty began performing to a brand new generation of Lavender Country fans drawn to the band's timeless message of queer liberation and revolution. Haggerty, now approaching age 77, is stronger than ever. His shows are a unique combination of good country music, sharp Marxist political critique, and a huge lineup of incredible backup musicians across the country. Poignant emotions leave his audience laughing, dancing, and crying all at once. The current emergence of fascism and the deep political divisions in American culture are making Lavender Country a critical component of progressive and radical politics.