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April 10, 2014 | 12:00 a.m. CST
Marsha Miller is not a cocaine-snorting alcoholic. She does, however, play one on stage, and her performance is pretty convincing. It was a combination of Miller’s Mississippi roots, actress Diane Ladd and Oscar-night stories that inspired the raucous character.
Time: April 17–19 and 25–26, 7:30 p.m.; April 27, 2 p.m.
Location: Talking Horse Theatre
General admission: $12; $10 for students and seniors
Miller’s friend David Crespy wrote and directs Talking Horse Productions' latest show, The Sudden Glide. She describes the play as “a screwball comedy with some meat to it.” Miller’s character, Yvonne Allaway, is an “always the bridesmaid” type who just can’t seem to win that Oscar.
As the plot unfolds, she’s up against Meryl Streep. Whether she wins or not (no spoilers!), her loyal agent Hampton Grissette, played by Talking Horse Productions artistic director Ed Hanson, is there to deal with the drama.
The “meat”Miller mentions is the play’s commentary on how the South is portrayed in Hollywood. Crespy and Miller both acknowledge that history and the media aren’t always kind to the South.
She is also eager to let her drawl shine in the spotlight. “With a Southern accent like mine, I spend a lot of time covering it,” she says.
The Sudden Glide debuts on April 17, and attendees will get a chance to mug for red carpet cameras before entering the intimate theater. With even the farthest seats mere yards from the stage, audience members can experience every heart-wrenching, gut-busting moment.