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January 24, 1992 - Image 61

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-01-24

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JET

JEWISH ENSEMBLE THEATRE

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"They originally named the
character Elsworth Birdie,"
explains Mr. Kudisch. "The
original writers didn't want to
make it that closely
associated with Elvis, so they
took some ideas from Conway
Twitty, whose hairstyle and
costuming were more ex-
travagant at the time. Of
course, Elvis caught up pret-
ty quickly."
A resident of New York Ci-
ty since 1989, Mr. Kudisch
was lucky to find acting work
there just four months after
he arrived. Prior to the Birdie
tour, which began eight
months ago, he appeared in
the participatory play,
Tamara, in which theater-
goers followed actors from
room to room in the Park
Avenue Armory, which was
dressed up to look like a man-
sion in fascist Italy; and he
understudied roles in off-
Broadway's Quiet on the Set,
a play about a TV soap opera
featuring stars from daytime
television.
Mr. Kudisch also appeared
on the ABC soap, "Loving,"

"He's the best
Conrad ever. He's
really got it."

Tommy Tune

playing hitman Ralph
Barnes, who stalked one of
the leading characters.
"There was a Mafia plot go-
ing on in the show, and I was
the start of it," says Mr.
Kudisch. "Of course, she was
was a contract player. Con-
tracted players don't die, so I
got the plot all nice and
thickened and they said
thank you — stab."
Mr. Kudisch hopes more TV
and film work will be in his
future, but is committed to
stage work, his first love. "I've
always liked to get up in front
of people," he says. "I've
always been a bit of a ham."
His first major public per-
formance was in a high school
production of My Fair Lady,
singing "The Street Where
You Live."
"I was terrible," he says.
"What's worse, my high
school teacher still shows that
tape to people."
Well, if not a star in high
school, Ibmmy Tune has faith
in Kudisch's work today.
"He's the best Conrad ever,"
says Mr. Tune. "I saw the
movie version, and Mark's
really better. He's a very good
actor, he's musical. I think
he's a star — it's just a mat-
ter of time. He's really got it,
and the girls just love
him . . ."
Coming from Broadway's
top director-choreographer,
that's a rave to savor. 0

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