Photo: ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK's Barbara Rosenblat Visits TALK RADIO Off-Broadway
Barbara Rosenblat, who plays the cancer-stricken inmate Miss Rosa on "Orange is the New Black," recently checked out the new revival of Eric Bogosian's TALK RADIO at the Chain Theatre. Barbara appeared in the 2007 Broadway production of TALK RADIO starring Live Schreiber, and she was also in the original cast of The Secret Garden as the housekeeper Mrs. Medlock.
Inspired by the 1984 murder of controversial shock jock Alan Berg, TALK RADIO is set in a Cleveland radio station over the course of Barry Champlain's two-hour broadcast as he's being scrutinized that night by producers fixated on taking the show national, and fueled as always by coffee, cocaine and Jack Daniel's. Barry's jousts with his unseen callers-ranging from a white supremacist to a woman obsessed with her garbage disposal-are interspersed with confrontations by his ex-deejay pal and his sometime girlfriend/producer.
Under the direction of Greg Cicchino, the cast of TALK RADIO features Kirk Gostkowski (Hurlyburly, Some Girl(s), The Shape of Things) as Barry Champlain, Lauren Allison (Pinkalicious), Kelly Jean Clair ("Criminal Minds," "Scrubs"), Timothy J. Cox (Stephen King's A Good Marriage w/Joan Allen & Anthony LaPaglia), Rebecca Hoodwin ("Nurse Jackie," Fiddler on the Roof as Golde w/Theodore Bikel), Mark A. Keeton (Alligator Summer, Manhattan Transfer), Peter Osterweil (A Question of Time), Gordon Palagi (Dracula: Dragon Prince), Christina Perry (Hurlyburly, Venus & Mona, Fool for Love), Patrick Pizzolorusso (Getting Even with Shakespeare, "A World of Her PWN"), and Doug Shapiro (Disney's Finding Nemo: The Musical).
Presented by Variations Theatre Group, the remaining five performances for TALK RADIO are tonight through Friday at 8 PM, and Saturday at 2 & 8 PM. Tickets are $18 and are available through www.VariationsTheatreGroup.com or by calling 866-811-4111. The Chain Theatre is located at 21-28 45th Road in Long Island City, just ten minutes from Times Square via the 7, E and M trains to Court Square Station.