At the opening night of “Dame Edna: Back With a Vengeance” Sunday, the title star found herself in a bind when she brought a couple onstage and could not reach one of their family members by phone to complete her comic routine. But, she said, she got into her biggest onstage jam at her Broadway opening five years ago, when she brought up a woman in sunglasses who turned out to be blind.
“She came onto the stage in a wobbly sort of way,” Edna recalled. “She was a darling. And I just said, ‘Well, thank goodness you didn’t bring the dog.’ ”
For the after-party at Sardi’s, Edna shed her trademark wig, glasses and gladioli and became, simply, Barry Humphries.
“It’s the life of an actor,” he said of his double life. “We have to play anything — old men, young men, children, trees, chairs, tables, Australian megastars. It’s just fun. It’s all a game.”
Possums attending included Renee Fleming, Mario Cantone and former Ednaette Cady Huffman.