Stage Door: He’s Back!
Funnyman Leslie Jordan is headed back to South Florida, this time with the fabulous Varla Jean Merman (All My Children, Project Runway) in tow. The dynamic duo will close out the Broward Center’s inaugural Pride Series with a hilarious program of songs and stories at the Parker Playhouse on Saturday, April 7 at 8 p.m.
SFGN caught up with Jordan when he was in town last fall. The Will & Grace and Sordid Lives star was his effervescent self, riding high over the success of his recent feature film, The Help, a look at the world he grew up in the deep South.
“Who woulda thunk it?” he asked in his distinctive drawl, responding to the film’s strong ticket sales and critical acclaim. Just a few months later the film would clean up, winning the ensemble prize at the Screen Actors Guild awards and an Oscar for best supporting actress Octavia Spencer.
Some of Jordan’s signature scenes in the film, he says, were the result of some improvisation (“horsing around” he called it) on set that was captured on camera and didn’t wind up on the editing room floor.
“I was just horsing around, honestly,” he insists.
At the time, Jordan was still writing his show, but he always delivers lots of laughs with his sordid stories: “They just keep trotting me out there like an aging show pony.”
Tickets are $40-50 at ParkerPlayhouse.com or BrowardCenter.org.
Abstract painter Jim Bobick opens a one-man exhibition, “Horizons,” at Gallery 101, 3354 NE 33rd St. in Fort Lauderdale, on Saturday, April 7 with a reception from 7 – 9 p.m. The Washington, D.C. native now resides in South Florida and focuses on lush and densely colored oil paintings that overflow with sensuous color, bold gesture and soothing energy. The painter credits the 1960s color-field painters for his Rothko-eske sense of balance. He also draws inspiration from 19th-century romantic landscape paintings. For more information, go to JimBobick.com.