THE NEW CENTURY – Continues At NCTC Through July 11th

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

THE NEW CENTURY, by Paul Rudnick, is a veritable lexicon of Over-the-top Queer. The one-liners, the set-ups to jokes, film references, songs, mega stars – and the vocabulary of fear and pain – all are understood in-and-out of context. It’s 2010, it’s in the culture. Rudnick creates a character to embody a host of related references. In a series of solo scenes, each addresses the audience about what’s going on right now and how they use what they’ve got to keep it all together. The finale is a celebration – those proverbial 15 minutes of fame on a live song & dance Variety Show. Directed by George Maguire, NCTC offers a completely entertaining production in this West Coast premiere.

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PAUL RUDNICK, Playwright
Photo, Walter McBride

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MARIE O’DONNELL – as “Helene Nadler”
Photo, Lois Tema
Helene Nadler: So my son Ronnie, he comes to me and he says, “All I was meant to be was a woman.” All I’m thinking is, “Ronnie! Which woman? Ed Asner?”

Marie O’Donnell as “Helene Nadler” makes a great Jewish mother. She’s a parent involved in a support group for just about everybody far from the mainstream. Helene’s three children are multi-complex varieties of Queer Folk. As Florida TV-Host, the ultimately too-Gay “Mr. Charles”, Patrick Michael Dukeman delivers a non-stop outpour of glittering energy and flaming flamboyancy gone gaga.

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PATRICK MICHAEL DUKEMAN – as “Mr. Charles”
Photo, Lois Tema
Mr. Charles: I am so deeply homosexual that with
just a glance I can actually turn someone Gay!

“Barbara Ellen Diggs” (Deborah Rucker) is a mother whose son has died of AIDS. Her saving graces include arts and crafts. Whatever you’ve got – as in, lying around or buried in a cupboard or secured on-line – can be transformed into whatever is needed for any occasion. Deborah makes a stunning debut at NCTC.

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DEBORAH RUCKER – as “Barbara Ellen Diggs”
Photo, Lois Tema
Barbara Ellen Diggs: I say, If homosexuality is genetic, maybe so is home shopping.”

Also turning in fine performances – the very comely Seth Michael Anderson as “David Nadler/Shane” and, as “Joann Milderry”, Amelia Mulkey, recently seen in NCTC’s The Sugar Witch.

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Seth Michael Anderson – as “David Nadler / Shane”
and Patrick Michael Dukeman

Photo, Lois Tema

Mr. Charles: When you speak of Gay Theatre – and you will – be kind. Because it’s all about love, valor, big fall and gratuitous male nudity!”

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.


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