Heard on the Hill: Gerry Connolly’s Curtain Call

Posted October 30, 2011 at 7:14pm

If you missed him this past weekend in “Auntie Mame,” you might not be able to catch Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) honing his thespian skills until at least 2013.

Connolly has devoted more than a decade (off and on) to the Providence Players of Fairfax, a group he characterized as ex-PTA fundraisers who’ve evolved into a thriving community theater organization.

“I’ve played an inebriated elk,” Connolly said of the ultraslack role he snagged in “MacBeth Did It.” His most challenging performances: probably a tie between Officer O’Hara in “Arsenic and Old Lace” and the plot-advancing cab driver in “Harvey.”

Though he presumably taps into the acting techniques he garnered during stints with his high school and college theater departments, Connolly aides say their boss runs lines whenever possible.

“He’s always got ’em in his pocket,” a source assured HOH.

His passion for acting, however, does not outweigh the pragmatism of running for re-election.

“I don’t think I’ll be able to do any next year,” Connolly predicted, saying election years make it “very problematic.”