Six Different Casts Will Fill Triad Stage in Improv Piece Villain: DeBlanks
By: Ellis Nassour
It’s almost criminal! Billy Mitchell’s improv piece Villain: DeBlanks, that is. It sails into The Triad at 7:30 P.M., with Mitchell directing. It’s being presented monthly by Brenda Braxton (Tony-nominated for Smokey Joe’s Café; Jelly’s Last Jam; Dreamgirls revival) on Sundays into April.
Villain: DeBlanks, "a fill-in-the-blanks who-dun-it" surrounding the untimely death of Philip DeBlanks where the cast speak words audience members put in their mouths — nouns, adjectives, body parts, desserts, you-say-it — yes, anything. Then the unrehearsed actors dig deep into their psyches and proceed – providing laughs, some of which might not be appreciate for children under eight. Their ultimate goal is to keep their dignity intact, usually with little success. The result is that each performance is one-of-a-kind.
Among those set to appear are Tony winners Annaleigh Ashford (You Can’t Take It with You; Kinky Boots; currently, Sylvia revival), Daisy Eagan (The Secret Garden), and Randy Graff (City of Angels); and Tony nominee Laura Bell Bundy (Legally Blonde), John Bolton (Dames at Sea; A Christmas Story), Jeff Hiller (Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson), Lesli Margherita (Dames at Sea, Matilda), Drama Desk nominee Patrick Page (Spring Awakening revival), two-time Tony nominee and DD winner Mary Testa (currently, First Daughter Suite), and, among numerous others, Alysha Umphress (On the Town, recent revival).
Added to the "combustible" mix of actors will be critics and theater writers, such as Adam Feldman (Time Out), Adam Rothenberg (Call Me Adam blog), and author/critic Peter Filichia.
Villain: DeBlanks, previously seen at Joe’s Pub and 54 Below and in Los Angeles, is presented in association with R. Erin Craig and La Vie Productions. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of New York. Tickets are $25, with two-drink minimum. For full monthly casts and to purchase tickets, visit www.villaindeblanks.com.