La Cage aux Folles at Lakewood Theatre Company - Sampling from the Willamette Week Review


Theater review: Lakewood's production of La Cage aux Folles

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013,


La-Cage-01-web.jpgPictured: Joe Theissen as Albert/ZaZa, Kevin Cook as as Jacob and Leif Norby as George in Lakewood Theatre Company's production of La Cage aux Folles, playing May 3 - June 9, 2013 at Lakewood Theatre.

Photo by Triumph Photographers.

Even among the staunchly classical theater crowd, there is something undeniably entertaining about a man in a dress. Throw in a gay cabaret owner and his transvestite headliner/life partner—who pretend to be man and wife in order to meet conservative parents of their son’s fiance—and hilarity is bound to ensue.

Lakewood Theatre’s production of La Cage aux Folles excels thanks to its supremely talented cast, in particular Joe Theissen as Albert and drag queen extraordinaire Zaza. Theissen’s singing is lovely, but it’s his mannerisms and spot-on delivery that have the audience roaring through each scene.

The equally talented chorus dancers, in a hurricane of glitter and marabou, shimmy, flip and high-kick their way through the musical’s up-tempo numbers in what must be the most cardio intensive acting gig on stage. Have fun guessing which actors are actually women.

Read the review on the Willamette Week site.

More details about the show.

La Cage aux Folles:

La-Cage-02-web.jpgPerformances continue through Sunday, June 9, 2013 playing Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 7:00 PM (May 5, 12 and 19), and Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM (May12, 26 and June 2 and 9).Sundays at 7:00 PM. There is one Wednesday performance June 5 at 7:30 PM.
Where: Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego
Tickets: $35, $32 seniors, 503-635-3901