That Colin McPhillamy is an uncommonly fine actor comes as no news to anyone who has seen him in Palm Beach Dramaworks' current show, Eugene Ionesco's Exit the King. Or to those who saw him at Dramaworks in Copenhagen or The Pitmen Painters, or in several plays at the late, lamented Florida Stage and Promethean Theatre.
The London-born, Royal Central School-trained actor is equally adept at drama and comedy (both skills on display in his current performance), and he has also been a director, teacher, producer, playwright and short story writer.
As it happens, McPhillamy knows his way around a memoir, too. His new book, An Actor Walks Into China, details his adventures as he struggled to produce Western theater in China and Chinese theater in London. Frustration, humor, keen observation and a sense of the dramatic (naturally) are all part of McPhillamy's entertaining story.
On Thursday at 2:30 p.m., the actor-author will read from his book at Dramaworks' Don & Ann Brown Theatre, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Admission to the hour-long reading and talkback is $10, but that buys you a copy of his book. Can't make it? The book is also available via the actor's web site, on Amazon and at other online sites.
For information on the reading or Exit the King, call 561-514-4042 or visit the Dramaworks web site.