I spent most of yesterday afternoon griping that I had two Piccolo productions to review. My moaning was put in check when I got to the 5 p.m production of Quills and realized that Robbie Thomas was leading the cast as the Marquis de Sade. Having already seen a showing of La Cage Aux Folles, I knew that I’d be seeing him again for that show’s 9 p.m. curtain, leading the cast as drag cabaret owner Georges.
Both of these roles provide their own challenges. Georges is practically on the stage through the entire production, carrying much of the biting dialogue and several musical numbers. In Quills, the Marquis doesn’t have quite as much stage time, but his lines are just as important to the show and he delivers at least half of them in the nude.
A testament to Thomas’ talent, the average La Cage viewer certainly had no idea that he was on the back side of a double-shift, having already taken a turn as a salacious early-19th century author before getting into the pants of a late-20th century gay dad.
Thomas has six more productions of Quills (May 25, 29, 31, June 4 at 8 p.m., June 3, 6 at 8:30 p.m.) and he’s got four more shows of La Cage (May 23 at 6 p.m., May 29 at 5:30 p.m., May 30 at 8 p.m., and June 6 at 3 p.m.). As you’ll notice, he’ll be doing the marathon twice more, including the same closing night for both.