Actor Spotlight

Regan Adair doesn't mind wearing a dress, but don't ask him to dance

Regan Adair doesn't mind wearing a dress, but don't ask him to dance

Dallas actor and director Regan Adair
Regan Adair currently stars in WaterTower Theatre's two-actor The Mystery of Irma Vep. Photo courtesy of WaterTower Theatre
Regan Adair as one of his many characters in "The Mystery of Irma Vep" at WaterTower Theatre in Addison
Adair as one of his female characters in The Mystery of Irma Vep. Photo by Mark Oristano Photography
Regan Adair as one of his many characters in "The Mystery of Irma Vep" at WaterTower Theatre in Addison
Quick change! Adair switches characters with lightning speed. Photo by Mark Oristano Photography
Dallas actor and director Regan Adair
Regan Adair as one of his many characters in "The Mystery of Irma Vep" at WaterTower Theatre in Addison
Regan Adair as one of his many characters in "The Mystery of Irma Vep" at WaterTower Theatre in Addison

Regan Adair, starring in WaterTower Theatre's two-actor  — but eight-character — madcap melodrama The Mystery of Irma Vep, is a familiar face to Dallas audiences. An onstage regular at Dallas Theater Center (The Misanthrope, Reasons to be Pretty, Hamlet, A Christmas Carol), Stage West, Circle Theatre, Uptown Players and Theatre Three, as well as an acclaimed director (Red Light Winter for Second Thought Theatre and Talk Radio for Upstart Productions), he took the time to fill out our survey of serious, fun and sometimes ridiculous questions.

Full name: Regan Adair

Role(s) in The Mystery of Irma Vep: Jane / Lord Edgar / Irma Vep

Previous work in the Dallas-Fort Worth area: The last thing I did in Dallas was direct Red Light Winter for Second Thought Theatre.

Hometown: Raised in Austin

First theater role: The Wizard in the The Wizard of Oz, at age 10

First stage show you ever saw: Charley's Aunt

Moment you decided to pursue acting/directing: The pursuit of acting has always been a passion of mine.

Most challenging role you’ve played: I think every role an actor takes on is as challenging as the last role he played. They're all challenging in different ways.

Most challenging show you’ve directed: Well, I won't name the show out of respect for everyone involved, but I can tell you that I made several missteps.

Special skills: Pattern-making and sewing. Oh, and I'm a pretty good cook as well.

Something you’re REALLY bad at: Dancing ... and sometimes acting.

Current pop culture obsession: I have no real obsession with pop culture.

Last book you read: Ali in Wonderland: And Other Tall Tales by Alexandra Wentworth

Favorite  movie(s): Chinatown

Favorite musician(s): I'd say Beach House as of late.

Dream role: I don't really have a "dream role," but I'd love to do some Tennessee Williams. I haven't done that yet.

Favorite play(s): Most anything by Tennessee Williams and Tracy Letts 

Favorite musical(s): Sweeney Todd

Favorite actors/actresses: Glenn Close, Joan Allen, Natalie Portman, Colin Firth, Daniel Day Lewis

Favorite food: Quiche Lorraine (Yes, I know.)

Must-see TV show(s): Mad Men and The Walking Dead

Something most people don’t know about you: I bit my nails.

Place in the world you’d most like to visit: Egypt

Pre-show warm-up: Ginger root tea and screaming at the dressers. (Kidding!)

Favorite part about your current role(s): It's all crazy fun! But I do get to wear a dress — so there's that.

Most challenging part about your current role(s): Quick changes! Quick changes! Quick changes!

Worst onstage mishap: The ONE and ONLY time I missed an entrance during a scene. Horrible feeling.

Career you’d have if you weren’t a performer/director: No one has died from my cooking thus far. So maybe a chef.

Favorite post-show spot: Home

Favorite thing about Dallas: Space! So much space! And of course family and friends.

Most memorable theater moment: "Places!"

The Mystery of Irma Vep runs September 28-October 21 at WaterTower Theatre.