Back to Back Theatre aren’t the only ones smashing our old ideas of what’s normal. Here are several other artists who’ve made us smarten up about what’s acceptable onstage and onscreen.
The hearing-impaired star of Children Of A Lesser God won an Oscar and has since convinced TV audiences that deaf people fit right in striding down the corridors of power (The West Wing) or among glam lesbians in L.A. (The L Word). Would Sue Thomas be an F.B. Eye without her?
Sure, that name sounds like the punchline to a bad joke. But ever since The Station Agent, Dinklage has proved that little people can rule. After some good TV work (Nip/Tuck), lots of indie films (Find Me Guilty, Penelope) and one kick-ass classic (Elf), Dinklage steals scenes from his taller castmates in the next Chronicles Of Narnia flick this spring.
Who could forget Burke’s lovable – and believable – Corky in the TV series Life Goes On? He became a spokesperson for people with Down’s syndrome. Too bad the smart roles dried up after the series left the air.
The Sackville, Nova Scotia-born stand-up proudly acknowledges her cleft lip and palate in her act. She even mocks her early childhood speech therapy classes, which makes her honest, unique act that much funnier.
The brilliant New York troupe turned our perceptions of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House upside down in their production, the centrepiece of last year’s World Stage, which featured statuesque women who literally dwarfed their male co-stars.