Gina Wilhelm Actress – Syracuse Actresses Shine
There are two Central New York premieres happening right now, and their leading ladies are both excellent.
In Hangar Theatre’s production of “Dirty Blonde” in Ithaca, Tony nominee Emily Skinner sparkles in dual roles as Mae West and a shy woman named Jo.
Jo is a fan of West’s. The play follows Jo as she visits West’s grave, while also following West’s career.
Jo meets Charlie at the gravesite. The play is a touching story of loners reaching out for companionship.
The other premiere is “Once on this Island” at Cortland Repertory. It stars Traci M. Allen as Ti Moune, who is saved after a hurricane.
Allen’s dancing would be at home in any modern dance troupe. The story itself is tragic, but the cast delivers an optimistic finale.