Watching “Methtacular!” it’s easy to get so wrapped up in the show that you forget Steven actually lived the stories he is telling. Reading all these great interviews about the process of creating this autobiographical show and Steven’s life here in Chicago is a great reminder about what a brave feat this performance really is.
“I had a callback for a production at the Goodman Theatre to play Harpo Marx in Animal Crackers, and I was so emotionally ready for it—and I didn’t get the part,” said Strafford. “Actors deal with rejection all the time, and I usually shrug it off, but I had done so much emotional work related to getting the role that I just sat in my kitchen and wrote the words ‘F***, f***, f***, f***, f***’ over and over again. And then I wrote this line seemingly out of nowhere: ‘Imagine in one sniff every physical, emotional and sexual insecurity you’ve ever had disappears.‘”