press release: Madison Theatre Guild is thrilled to partner with OUT!Cast Theatre to present Douglas Carter Beane's wonderful play about gay actors in vaudeville in the 1930s. Steve Noll will direct.
Chauncey Miles is a gay burlesque comedian who plays a “nance” – a stereotypically flamboyant, camp representation of a homosexual. Caught up in New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia’s crackdown on “deviants” before the 1939 World’s Fair, Chauncey is forced to confront the contradiction between the character he plays on the stage and who he is in real life.
The Nance‘s mixture of broad comedy and pathos brilliantly depicts the time when it was easy to play gay but dangerous to be gay. Nathan Lane played Chauncey in the Broadway production!!
4/28, 4/29, 5/4, 5/5, 5/6, 5/11, & 5/12 – 7:30 pm
5/7 (Sunday) & 5/13 (Saturday) – 2:00 pm matinees
Tickets are available at the Bartell Theatre’s website, bartelltheatre.org, or by calling 608-661-9696.