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by Michael Portantiere

A Loss of Roses

  • It's been a good couple of seasons for those who are such fans of William Inge that they want to see even his most obscure works on stage. Last year, The Actors Company Theatre (TACT) presented Natural Affection at the Beckett. And now the Peccadillo Theater Company, in association with La Femme Theatre Productions, is offering at St. Clement's a rare staging of A Loss of Roses, the 1959 Inge effort that ran for less than a month on Broadway despite a cast headed by Betty Field, Carol Haney, and Warren Beatty in his Broadway debut (and his only Broadway credit to date).

    The company of the Peccadillo production is led by Ben Kahre as Kenny Baird, Deborah Hedwall as Mrs. Helen Baird, and Jean Lichty as Lila Green, with Gregory Perri as "Jelly" Beamis, Marty Thomas as Ronny Cavendish, Patricia Hodges as Mme. Olga, Jonathan Stewart as Ricky Powers, Kristen Sweeney as Mrs. Mulvaney, and Fina Strazza as Sandra. Dan Wackerman directs. Here are my production photos of the show. (All photos © 2014 by Michael Portantiere.)












    Published on Saturday, May 10, 2014

    Michael Portantiere has more than 30 years' experience as an editor and writer for TheaterMania.com, InTHEATER magazine, and BACK STAGE. He has interviewed theater notables for NPR.org, PLAYBILL, STAGEBILL, and OPERA NEWS, and has written notes for several cast albums. Michael is co-author of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: BEHIND THE MYLAR CURTAIN, published in 2008 by Hal Leonard/Applause. Additionally, he is a professional photographer whose pictures have been published by THE NEW YORK TIMES, the DAILY NEWS, and several major websites. (Visit www.followspotphoto.com for more information.) He can be reached at [email protected]

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