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Leading man-type Casey ready to play comedy role

Leading man-type Casey ready to play comedy role

Nick Casey may have the physical assets to play a romantic lead, but he likes to think he’s a versat
Leading man-type Casey ready to play comedy role
From left, Robert (Nick Casey), Gretchen (Kathryn Starczewski) and Bernard (Conrad Browne Lörcher) in a scene from 'Boeing, Boeing.' (Home Made Theater photo)

Nick Casey may have the physical assets to play a romantic lead, but he likes to think he’s a versatile enough actor to handle any kind of role.

“I’ve been told I look more like a leading man, but I have an awful lot of fun playing character roles,” said Casey, who is playing the second male lead in the Home Made Theater production of “Boeing Boeing,” opening Friday night and running through May 4.

“I’m the best friend of the guy with three fiancees in this show, and that’s fine. And, if somebody says they want me to be the leading man, I’m not going to say no. I think I can do both.”

“Boeing Boeing” is the work of French playwright Marc Camoletti. A classic farce, it was translated by Beverley Cross and first produced in English at London’s Apollo Theatre in 1962.

Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin teamed up for the movie version in 1965, and in 2008 another production on Broadway won a Tony Award for Best Revival.

’Boeing, Boeing’

WHERE: Home Made Theater, Spa Little Theater, Saratoga State Park

WHEN: Opens 8 p.m. Friday and runs through May 4; performance times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays

HOW MUCH: $26-$22

MORE INFO: 587-4427, www.homemadetheater.org

The story focuses on a American architect named Bernard, played by Conrad Browne Lorcher, who has managed to convince three stewardesses that they are each the only woman in his life. Casey plays Robert, Bernard’s close friend.

Casey said he wasn’t that familiar with the play before reading the script.

“I heard from a friend that it was a good show, and it was different from what I had been doing, so I thought it would be a good change for me,” he said.

“When I did read the script I thought it was pretty funny and I liked the characters. It has the kind of physicality I like.”

Casey fell in love with the stage in high school at Saratoga Springs and then majored in theater at Buffalo State.

“Ever since I was a kid, being an actor has been my dream job,” said Casey, who finished up his college education in 2010. “I was afraid to audition when I was in high school, but I got over that quickly. I had a great experience at Buffalo, and I learned what I wanted to do.”

Working on dream

He’s been working in retail since getting out of school, but only to save some money to help with the next part of his dream.

“Hopefully, very soon, I’m going to New York to see what I can do down there,” said Casey, who has also performed in “Rumors” in 2012 and “Leading Ladies” in 2013 at Home Made, and was also in “Of Mice and Men” with the Local Actors Guild of Saratoga last year.

“I haven’t found a place yet, but I’m going through the whole process of getting to New York. My plan is to get down there sometime this year.”

Regardless of what kind of play he’s in, Casey attacks any role the same way.

“In comedy, obviously there’s a lot riding on the timing, but the whole process is still the same for me,” he said. “There may be kookier characters and more physicality, but I approach each character the same way. I research the time period, I read between the lines and try to develop the character. I’m always delving deep into my character, whether he’s in a comedy or a drama.”

No musicals

While Casey likes going back and forth between drama and comedy, one thing you won’t see him in is a musical.

“I enjoy watching them, but I really don’t care for them for me as an actor,” he said. “They just don’t work for me. I can act, I can sing OK, but I certainly can’t dance, so I just don’t see myself in a musical.”

Michael C. Mensching and Michael McDermott are serving as co-directors for Home Made’s production, while joining Casey and Lorcher in the cast are Erin Giacomino as Gloria, Melinda Richner as Gabriella and Katherine Starczewski as Gretchen, the three stewardesses. Robin Leary plays Berthe, Bernard’s maid.

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