Curtain speech tributes to Sidney Shaw

The death of Lexington actor and director Sidney Shaw Tuesday was on the minds of artists involved in several shows that opened Thursday night.

Sidney Shaw as Richard Noakes during a rehearsal for "Arcadia" at Actors Guild of Lexington in  2008. © Herald-Leader staff photo by Charles Bertram.

Sidney Shaw as Richard Noakes during a rehearsal for “Arcadia” at Actors Guild of Lexington in 2008. © Herald-Leader staff photo by Charles Bertram.

At Studio Players Funny Money, critic Tedrin Blair Lindsay reports that director Bob Singleton gave the curtain speech and spoke about his friend and colleague.

 “With all the great theater opening around Lexington tonight, lights will be dimmed a little bit because of the passing of one of our local greats, Sidney Shaw.”  He went on briefly to describe Shaw’s achievements and his own personal involvement with him in shows and what he had gained from that.

At Actors Guild of Lexington, artistic director Eric Seale said it would be inappropriate to dedicate the new zombie play, William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead, to Shaw. But he said they dedicated the process of preparing the play to the late thespian.

“He was about the discovery, the page-to-stage, working through the material,” said Seale, who shared the stage with Shaw and was directed by him. “When we came for our final dress rehearsal last night, we were all aware of that, and I think we worked just a little bit harder for Sidney.”

Visitation for Shaw will be 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Peter Claver Church; funeral Mass will be at 2:30 p.m. at St. Peter Claver, followed by a reception including a champagne toast at Natasha’s Bistro and Bar.

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