Amanda DrinkallActress, Venus in Fur
To calm our winter blues, weâ€™re exploring activities around the city this monthâ€”because cabin fever is an understatement!â€”and one of our favorite ways to pass the night is with a great piece of theater. Chicago is a hub for staged greats (all hail the might three: Chicago Shakespeare, Steppenwolf and Goodman!). We summoned Amanda Drinkall, the lead in the Goodmanâ€™s Venus in Fur, for beauty favorites, Chicago hot spots and getting sultry on stage. Amanda plays the role of the seductive Vanda in the Broadway hit, which was christened as â€œ90 minutes of good, kinky funâ€ by the New York Times. With that review, weâ€™re in. With a resume that includes Measure For Measure to James Meredithâ€™s Othello, we think Amanda is the perfect inspiration to get us up and out to enjoy Chicago jaunts. We canâ€™t wait to see her mesmerizing performance in Venus in Fur showing from March 8th to April 13th at the Goodman Theater. Break a leg and read on, fellow play lover.
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The role of Vanda is nothing short of tantalizingâ€”how did you channel your inner-erotic for this role? Are your parents nervous to see this one?!
I think we all have a little erotic side in us somewhere, but I didnâ€™t have to get too crazy to get into character. Although, I think if my mom isnâ€™t nervous yet, she probably should beâ€¦.and my dad even more so!
We would be tempted to walk out with some of the costume pieces for this showâ€”whatâ€™s your favorite?
I wear some killer black knee high boots. And they just might end up walking out of the theater with me.
Venus in Fur is billed as a â€œSmart and Sexy Comedy”â€”what celebrity crush do you thinkÂ masters both with ease?
Paul Rudd. Â Duh.
We have to admit, weâ€™re musical theater nerds at G&Fâ€”whatâ€™s your favorite?
Into the Woods, for sure. But, I have kind of a soft spot in my heart for Annie. I played one of the orphans in my freshman year of high school. It was amazing.
Whatâ€™s the one role that youâ€™re dying to do?
Stella in Tennessee Williamsâ€™ Streetcar Named Desire. I just love how poetically he writes and Streetcar specifically is a really gorgeous, hot-blooded play.
This issue is all about exploration and exploring localâ€”so tell us: what are your go-to neighborhood jaunts?Â
I live in Uptown and love The Cousins Restaurant. Theyâ€™ve got the best breakfast skillets a girl could ask for. And Baker & Nosh has great sandwiches and outdoor seating in the summer. My favorite night includes seeing a movie at the Davis, then heading over to Lady Gregory for their mac & cheese and whiskey or to Hopleaf for delicious beer.
And when things finally warm up around here, whatâ€™s on your bucket list to get to in 2014?
I want to climb a mountain in Alaska. Â My best friend is getting married up there this summer so I might actually be able to do it!
Venus in Fur plays opens March 8th and runs through April 13th.
Visit GoodmanTheatre.org for showtimes and ticket info.Â