Theatre preview: “La Cage Aux Folles” tells amusing, poignant tale of two men running a drag nightclub

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From the February 20, 2014 edition

Imagine Productions, a non-profit community theatrical troupe, presents a multiple-Tony-Award-winning musical in “La Cage Aux Folles.” The production is written by Harvey Fierstein with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, and is based on the play of the same name by Jean Poiret (which also served as the basis for “The Birdcage” starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane.)

“La Cage Aux Folles” is an amusing, yet poignant tale about two gay men, Georges and Albin, who’ve spent the last 20 years together, for better or worse, running a drag nightclub where Albin is the "star" performer 'Zaza.' Their relationship and sanity is tested when Georges’ adult son (fathered during a one-night fling) announces he’s getting married to the woman of his dreams.

One problem, her father is a bigoted, right-wing politician. So Georges agrees to play “normal” and conceal his longtime relationship with Albin. Albin, on the other hand, has plans of his own. Hilarious shenanigans ensue.

“La Cage Aux Folles” has nightly performances Wednesday through Sunday (no performance Feb. 20).