7. What’s your classic actor nightmare dream?
Ugh! Mine doesn’t have to do with learning lines, but with
costumes. It’s always the costume is not there, or doesn’t fit,
or wasn’t what I thought. When I’m rehearsing a role, I use
rehearsal shoes and clothes to influence how the character
moves. That movement translates or adjusts based on the costume, so it’s become very important to me. It can be used like
a prop or an extension of the character, so I like to know what
it is and how to use it ahead of time, if possible. I do love a
8. What would you change about
this headshot if you could?
It’s a few years old, so I’d like to update it, but other than
that, nothing at all.
9. What’s been the best thing you’ve
seen this season and why?
It’s only October [at press time], but I loved the perfor-
mances in Glengarry Glen Ross, and all of the imagination
that went into Peter and the Starcatcher.
10. Plugs for the rest of the
season or something else?
I loved pals knocking it out in The Crucible [at the Kavi-
noky in November], and can’t wait to see them in The Night
Alive [at Irish Classical in March]!
Kate LoConti plays Constance Middleton in The Constant
Wife, beginning January 19 at Irish Classical Theatre.
Onstage/Picks for a new year
BY DONNA HOKE
This is a great month for Buffalo theater,
with some exciting shows to give the new
theater preview format its debut!
1. What’s your relationship to this show?
I had heard of the playwright Somerset Maugham and his
novel, Of Human Bondage, but not of The Constant Wife in
particular. I could not put it down! Rarely have I read a “page
turner” of a play. I was completely drawn in by how well-structured it is, and that was compounded by Constance’s
2. What’s the best acting advice you were ever given?
I’ve had many acting teachers and mentors along the way,
Vincent O’Neill, Jerry Finnegan, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Kristin Linklater, and Andrei Serban to name my most
influential. There are three things I always come back to:
“Get all of the soda out of the can,” “Your work will get
you the work,” and “Who are you saving it for?” Those, and
to dedicate each production to someone. I love the idea of the
work being for others.
3. What’s your best “the show went on” moment?
I had the good fortune to understudy Joan Allen at Steppenwolf in Chicago. The production was The Wheel, a two-hour
show in which she only left the stage for about ten minutes. I
had to go on without a put-in rehearsal; there was no time to
run through it with all of the elements. Two times I performed
it that day, with a third performance the following day. I loved
4. What’s the role that got away?
Juliet! One time I was too young, and one time I was too
old. I love her intelligence and bravery. Her language reflects
it, and it’s an incredible role for a young woman. Thankfully,
I recently directed it, so I feel like I’ve at least seen her journey from the inside.
5. What line from a former play have
you never forgotten and why?
“I am the seagull.” The Seagull is my favorite play, and that
line is repeated throughout. It is Nina’s mantra and a touch-
stone for her. I was about Nina’s age when I played her, so it’s
stayed with me for quite some time.
6. What “against type” role are you dying to play?
I feel very fortunate to be able to play many different
types already! But, I would love the opportunity to play
more comediennes. I had a fabulous time working on Out-
side Mullingar and The 39 Steps.
Ten Questions for Kate Loconti
(Constance, The Constant Wife)
& Bjorn Ulvaeus’
Mamma Mia! at
Mamma Mia! is already a
beloved musical—fun story
and fun music both—but
this production is extra
anticipatory for two reasons:
1) Director Lynne Kurdziel
Formato, who returned
to town to direct The
Producers at the start of
the season, proved how her
command can create a lush
and cohesive musical that
has people excited about
theater ( The Producers sold
out almost its entire run);
she’ll no doubt repeat with
2) Mamma Mia!’s been
touring so long that it hasn’t
been available to local
talent—until now. For Buffalo
theater fans who revel in
seeing local favorites in
favorite roles, this is a feast:
the core six characters in this
show are played by Debbie
Pappas Sham, Loraine
O’Donnell, Lisa Ludwig, Peter
Palmisano, Matt Witten, and
Doug Weyand! Get your