On the Stage: Hear them roar

Working women Kathy Grey and Lauren Drexler make time to perform

Kathy Grey and Lauren Drexler are busy women — hear them roar. This dynamic duo skillfully juggles all that life and theater can throw at them. These ladies will soon be hitting the boards again in Theatre Conspiracy’s upcoming production of Parallel Lives: The Kathy and Mo Show playing through Feb. 15 through March 3.

Their love of theater and a production of the comedy, Hot l Baltimore at Theatre Conspiracy brought Lauren Drexler and Kathy Grey together in 1995. They played brash women who were practitioners of the oldest profession. The two became fast friends and have remained best friends ever since.

As most kindred spirits do, they have a short hand and chemistry with each other that is obvious both in life and in the spotlight. When watching them together, those around them want to be part of their fun. Their pairing brings joy and mirth wherever they go.

Lauren’s proudest role is as mother to August, 8, Olivia, 7, and Everett, 5, and wife to Theatre Conspiracy’s Artistic Director Bill Taylor. The Taylor household is full of the frenetic energy you would expect from theatrical brood.

Not only is Drexler a domestic diva, but she also excels in the workplace as well. She serves as a legal secretary for Sheppard, Brett, Stewart, Hersch & Kinsey a busy firm dealing in estate planning and real estate law.

At home Kathy is the proud mommy of Aiden who turns 7 this month and Maggie who is 4 and a half. Her husband Nick Grey is the Arts Chair at Canterbury School in Fort Myers.

In the workplace, Kathy serves as the information center coordinator for the News-Press, where she assists the executive editor and the newsroom staff. She also works on the side as a professional massage therapist.

On the stage these women are masters of their artistic craft. They both have impeccable timing and senses of humor, which they both (in separate conversations) jokingly demanded be mentioned in this feature.

Parallel Lives: The Kathy and Mo Show is a tour de force for female performers and a perfect piece for Lauren and Kathy. Written by the actresses and comediennes Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney. Many know Najimy from her turns as a hilarious nun in the Sister Act films. Gaffney has been seen in many films and was a regular on That 70’s Show.

The show looks at people and life with a unique perspective. A series of vignettes feature two actresses playing a score of different characters, both male and female. Many of the scenes are riotously funny. There are also quite a few moments in the production that will touch your heart.

Theatre Conspiracy has mounted the production several times before and the audience can never get enough. With each new presentation these ladies have reprised their roles and they are ready to do it again with its latest incarnation preparing to open next Thursday. Parallel Lives: The Kathy and Mo Show will run Feb. 15 through March 3 at the Foulds Theatre on the Alliance for The Arts Campus in Fort Myers. Evening performances are offered Thursday through Saturday at 8:00pm with Sunday Matinees the first two weekends of the run at 2:00pm. For tickets and Information you can reach Theatre Conspiracy at 239-936-3239 or log onto their website at www.theatreconspiracy.org.

Jamie Carmichael is the education director at the Florida Repertory Theatre in Fort Myers. He has a great deal of theater experience as an actor, director, administrator and an enthusiastic audience member. He can be contacted by e-mail at eddirector@floridarep.org.

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