‘La Cage aux Folles’ at Orcas Center | Review

Fun and fanciful, the Orcas Center’s production of “La Cage aux Folles” is not to be missed.

Jake Perrine plays the more modest half of a gay couple, while Robert Hall embodies the soul of an aging drag queen.

“La Cage,” tells the story of Albin and Georges, whose adult son is engaged to an ultraconservative couple’s daughter.

Perrine and Hall, both veteran actors, have been spending a lot of time behind the scenes in recent years and their performances in “La Cage” leave audience members questioning why they don’t grace the stage more often.

Audiences are used to Perrine being wild and crazy in his roles, as evident in his “Enchanted Forest” cabaret character Dr. Livingston. His current part tones down his outrageousness and challenges him with the position of the level-headed, less flamboyant role of Georges, a no-frills nightclub owner in Saint-Tropez, France.

Hall is outstanding in the role of Albin. He is hilarious and natural, gliding across the stage with the grace of a 1940s movie starlet. His performance just before intermission will have you wiping tears from your face. The emotion he conveys is gut-wrenching.

Sanjaya Malakar plays reluctant butler/sassy maid Jacob with such skill that it is difficult to tell whether he is acting or if he really is just that “salty.”

Mason Brown, who plays Jean-Michel, is new to the stage in “La Cage” but you’d never know it as he holds his own next to the actors who have been doing this for years.

Stormy Hildreth, as always, has the vocals of an angel in her role as Anne, Jean-Michel’s betrothed.

The Cagelles, the chorus of glamorous drag queens, are not to be ignored with their glitz and glamour. The rest of the supporting cast shines as brightly as the stars.

With songs, you’ll be humming for weeks to come and dance numbers that make you want to hop up and join the chorus line, “La Cage” is bright and glittery. The show is laugh-out-loud, and sometimes “inappropriately” hilarious.

The remaining shows are Nov. 14–18 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. For the Nov. 14 show, tickets are $10. Visit www.orcascenter.org or call the center’s box office at 360-376-ACT1.