A drag queen comedienne cracking jokes about the audience Joan Rivers-style set the stage for an evening of side-splitting ribald humor, elaborate costumes and spectacular dancing for the touring production of “La Cage Aux Folles” that pranced into Proctors in Schenectady to kick off its run on Wednesday evening.
George Hamilton underplayed George, the gay nightclub owner of La Cage Aux Folles and lover of Albin (aka drag queen diva Zaza). His timing was impeccable, and he allowed all of the other players onstage to shine through his understatement.
Christopher Sieber played Albin, his humorous physical gestures and portrayal of Albin’s over-the-top, melodramatic personality keeping the audience mesmerized.
Jeigh Madjus as Jacob – the sassy butler/maid of the couple – entertained with his mischievous behavior and antics, while the vivacious Cagelles dazzled with their sparkling costumes, dancing and unbridled glitz ‘n’ glam.
This tale of young love, parental love, family values and what may happen when a straight son of a gay couple gets engaged to a girl from an ultra-conservative political family is as timely now as it was in 1973 when playwright Jean Poiretit wrote the French farce.
Review and photographs by Rudy Lu
Michael Eck’s review at The Times Union
Richard DiMaggio’s review at Did You Weekend?
Excerpt from Matthew G. Moross’ review at The Daily Gazette: “But bring on the girls — or, hmm, whomever. Any production of ‘La Cage’ succeeds or fails on the strength of its ensemble of gender-bending showgirls. Perfectly supported by Joey Chancey’s mini orchestra and Matthew Wright’s provocative, eye-catching costumes, these ‘ladies’ blend an amazing display of avant-garde dance and athleticism with all the vogue and pose of the catwalk. ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ is one heck of a production that will delight just about everyone.”