When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 8 2013
Loudon Wainwright Jr. wasn't a musician himself, but he must have had a musical gene. The Life magazine columnist and editor gave birth to folk singers Sloan Wainwright and Loudon Wainwright III, the latter of whom went on to have a trio of musical children: Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche. The Durham-born Loudon Wainwright III pays homage to his father in the world premiere of this one-man show, a posthumous collaboration in which Wainwright III will combine original songs with his father's writings for Life in a musical performance about being a father, having a father and dealing with loss.
Wainwright III's musical talents are a given, but he also has acting and comedic chops; he's appeared in the Judd Apatow productions Knocked Up, The Forty-Year-Old Virgin and Undeclared, and he's always on-point in a funny, self-deprecating way. We expect similar moments of humor in Surviving Twin, which is directed by PlayMakers producing artistic director, Joseph Haj. An artist-audience discussion follows each performance. —Emma D. Miller