Prue had a practical reason for taking that job."I have a wife and family," he said. "I wanted a little more of a steady paycheck, something 52 weeks a year, instead of nine- or 10-week chunks."
"Vinnie [Lancisi, Everyman's artistic director] told me he wanted me to do a play for our 20th anniversary season," Prue, 46, said. "I enjoy the production end, but it is reinvigorating to be onstage again."
As a comeback vehicle, the role of Henry Higgins "has been a little bit daunting, to say the least," the actor said. There's the issue of a British accent, for a start; Higgins' posh one has to be as convincing as Eliza Doolittle's cockney.
"There are certain sounds where I know I'm very American," Prue said. "I have to be very conscious of that."
Then there's the after-effect of the film version of the "Pygmalion"-based musical "My Fair Lady."
"Everyone has Rex Harrison in mind as Henry Higgins," Prue said. "I'm not a Rex Harrison type. I just try to be truthful, telling the story as Shaw wrote it."
"Pygmalion" runs through June 19 at Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Charles St. $10-$45. Call 410-752-2208 or go to everymantheatre.org.