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John D. Strealy

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John D. Strealy appears for The Studio Players in Yasmina Reza’s Art. John’s credits include Paul Bratter for The Studio Players in Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park, Ryan in Lewis Black’s One Slight Hitch, Wayne Wellcare in Inspecting Carol for New Phoenix Theatre and klepto-director Sir Frank Finger in It’s Only a Play, Jason Shelburne in Body & Sold and Malvolio in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, in which he had a break-out performance as the pompous, pedantic and overbearingly pretentious steward, who becomes the butt of a cruel practical joke played on him by his lady’s uncle, Sir Toby Belch, Sir Toby’s well-heeled friend, Sir Andrew Aguecheek and the manor’s maid, Maria. Through a combination of stylized preening, posturing and absurd facial expressions, Strealy induced the Twelfth Night audiences to dislike and disdain the priggish, preposterous character he played. But in the end, he made them feel his pain, his humiliation and the indignity of being blindfolded, chained and tormented in a chamber from which there appears to be no promise of relief or escape.

John’s other acting credits include a handful of productions at Ida Baker High and Dead Man’s Cell Phone at FSW.

May 24, 2019 revised July 5, 2022.

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