On Friday night in the Karpeles Manuscript Library, I caught up with Vanessa Webb after a performance of her new one-woman show "The Regina Monologues" that had the assembled crowd in hysterics.
The piece, part of Webb's master's thesis project in the University at Buffalo's theater department, is an innuendo-laden history lesson about the reign of Queen Elizabeth I delivered extremely tongue-in-cheekly. And it's perfectly executed by Webb, whose deep knowledge of the monarch's life story and experience interacting with audiences at Renaissance fairs throughout the United States, lent a sense of authority to the production. That, and it was downright hilarious.
The show repeats at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the Karpeles Manuscript Library on Porter Avenue. Here's more from Webb about the character and the show: