BWW Review: THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE at Actor's Express
The play, with plenty of singing and dancing, tells the story of an Elvis impersonator whose gig gets canceled in the place of a drag show. With the threat of no income and a pregnant wife, he quickly transforms himself into Miss Georgia McBride. Talk about a peach!
Suzi Bass winner Nick Arapoglou took the lead as drag newcomer Georgia McBride. Arapoglou was charming as anything, in both his jeans and her heels. As the drag "mother" Miss Tracy Mils, Jeff McKerley was my favorite part. Everything about his performance was poised and sharp-witted. He even got a little tongue-tied and recovered beautifully. Talk about a pro.
As always, the set and layout of the theatre was well done, and this time, very spacious, allowing for a lot of audience participation. (Hint: sit in the front row if you want to dance with a drag queen.) Actor's Express also gave their black box theatre an actual stage for the queens to perform on surrounded by cocktail tables (for those of you that like to get really close to the action).
Although the show will leave you laughing hysterically throughout the course of the hour and forty-five minute run, the story is relevant. After all, how many straight drag queens do you know? Gender identity continues to be a hot topic for many fighting for, and against, feminism, women's rights and transgender rights. The show also provides a platform stating that art is art, and anyone can participate, even regardless of the status quo.
Actor's Express is located in Atlanta's Midtown area with a space inside the King Plow Arts Center. THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE is running through April 16. Tickets are available on their website here.