Review: The Legend of Georgia McBride at B Street Theatre
An Elvis impersonator at a dinky, small-town Florida bar learns he’s been fired when a couple of drag queens show up and start planning to redecorate his dressing room. So much for being The King.
Will life as a bartender be enough for a man with performance in his soul? Will he be able to stave off the landlord, keep the utilities turned on and pay for his beloved Domino’s pizza? And now what? On the day he loses his job, he learns his wife is pregnant.
Playwright Matthew Lopez has created a sweet and sweetly humorous tale of personal discovery and self-expression. Its moral—don’t let others define you—comes amidst laughter and a lot of music. Many of the laughs are gentle rather than guffaw-ish, but they are abundant despite the sentimental and predictable plot.
Jon Kovach is charmingly believable as Casey, the straight country-boy Elvis impersonator who becomes Georgia McBride, and Cameron Folmar makes a strong mother hen presence as Miss Tracy Mills. Frequently stealing the show, even when not in the scene, and despite the stereotypical “falling-down-drunk” persona, is Kevin Kantor as Rexy (full name Anorexia Nervosa). Danielle Mone-Truitt as Casey’s wife Jo and Dave Pierini as club owner Eddie complete the cast.