Yelling, biting, tears, laughter, jealousy, hatred, love and so much more! That’s just a little bit of what happens in R-ACT Theatre Productions’ The Curious Savage showing this weekend only.
The actors have thoroughly embraced their alter egos in this show – most being nothing like their character in real life. Some of the actors have described themselves as a self-absorbed princess, an overbearing stepson, and an overly dramatic girl needing love. Along with the other over-the-top characters, they all get a reality check by a kindly widow just wanting to spread some happiness and do some good.
After spending weeks living with their characters, the actors have had lots of practice ‘getting into character.’ Cheryl Crabb had to practice being less feisty since her character is a meek, motherly figure. She does admit, though, that, like a younger Mrs. Savage, she had a "great seat"!
Eric McAnallen, however, got into his character by “berating the servers at the restaurant where he had dinner, and then he would slap around a box of kittens while lighting a cigar with a $100 bill.” All in his mind of course. Clearly acting takes a lot of work getting into character.
All in all – the actors have had their work cut out for them during this production. Come see if it’s all paid off. They want your love and also hate for these wacky people at the sanatorium. Or, as Mark LaMarche describes it – the madhouse.