Thursday, May 04, 2017

Becoming Mr. Sloane

"Entertaining Mr. Sloane," Joe Orton's scandalous 1964 comedy about "a middle-aged brother and sister vying for possession of a smooth-skinned, sexually flexible hoodlum," returns to the stage tonight thru May 14 at the Wild Project, 195 E. Third St. (between Avenue A and Avenue B). (Tickets HERE -- use the promo code KEN).

Practice makes perfect ...


Mr. Sloane will be played by newcomer Matt Baguth -- but here's a quick look at three other men who have stepped into this sexy role ...

Chris Carmack as Mr. Sloane 

Alec Baldwin, Chris Carmack and Jan Maxwell at the Laura Pels theater in New York in 2006. 

Ben Bradley said at the time: The show features Alec Baldwin, in a role that should be perfect for him but that he only teases and flirts with, and Chris Carmack, a pocket Adonis who certainly has the torso if not the inventive menace required of the title character.  

From HERE.

Here's the Showbill from the production that opened at the Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village in June 12, 1981, and ran for 269 performances. The cast included a very young Maxwell Caulfield -- who was spotted by pervy producer Allen Carr, who later cast him in "Grease 2" when Andy Gibb's screen test bombed -- Barbara Bryne, Gwyllum Evans and Joseph Maher. Directed by John Tillinger. 


Via Kultguy's Keep: In this 1970 screen adaptation, drifter Mr. Sloane (Peter McEnery) meets frumpy middle age spinster Kath (Beryl Reid) in a suburban London cemetery and accepts her offer to lodge with her and her elderly "Dadda." Kemp (Alan Webb). But while fending off Kath’s rather clumsy attempts at seduction, the young stud is taken under the protective wing of Kath’s closeted spiv brother Ed (Harry Andrews), who makes him his personal chauffeur, while Kemp is the only one who can see through the slippery charmer’s facade. The film may look tame today, but its surreal Gothic Revival cemetery setting (it was filmed on location at Camberwell Old Cemetery in Honor Oak) and sterling performances make this Brit curio worth revisiting time and again – and its Beryl Reid who’s truly unforgettable. Her spinster Kath, minus false teeth and dressed in a baby doll nightie, is as outrageous a character as Alison Steadman’s Beverly in "Abigail’s Party," and watching her seduce McEnery’s sexual menace while uttering Orton’s fruity dialogue is campy fun indeed.

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