30 posts categorized "JOAN CRAWFORD"

Dec 02 2014
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Joan-Crawford

Via Joan Crawford Babylon: Great image that gets at what might've been, for better or for worse.

 
Nov 12 2014
Barbara's Pleased: Don't Miss John Epperson As Lypsinka (And As John Epperson) In LYPSINKA: THE TRILOGY Comments (0)

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BOY CULTURE RATING: **** OUT OF **** STARS

A 28-year-old friend of mine who is the perfect man and would get a proposal of marriage from me if it weren't for the fact that I'd have to pay him to get naked for me said to me recently, when I invited him to see Lypsinka, “Am I a bad gay if I don't wanna see a drag show?”

Well, yes, yes, he is.

But not because he isn't into drag—so much of it is stale. He's a bad gay for thinking Lypsinka is a drag show. John Epperson's Lypsinka is more in the performance-art vein. And besides that, she's not a drag show...currently, she's three.

Lypsinka: The Trilogy is now playing on NYC's Lower East Side at The Connelly Theater. On alternating nights, the Queen of Drag Queens is performing Lypsinka! The Boxed Set, The Passion of the Crawford and John Epperson: Show Trash, three very different shows with very little overlap but lots of overlip.

JUST A FEW OF THE NAMES WHOSE VOICES APPEAR IN LYPSINKA! THE BOXED SET:

Judith Anderson Polly Bergen Arthur Blake Joan Crawford Bette Davis Olivia de Havilland Sandra Dee Phyllis Diller Ruth Draper Frances Faye Penny Fuller Judy Garland Dolores Gray T.C. Jones Gisele MacKenzie Fay McKay Ethel Merman Agnes Moorehead Kay Stevens Dorothy Squires Kim Stanley Gloria Swanson Natalie Wood

Lypsinka-legsThe first, and best, is Lypsinka! The Boxed Set, approximately 90 minutes' worth of Lypsinka in her robotically glamorous prime (she's even better as a man of a certain age playing a woman of a certain age than he was when he did it as a youngster), gliding across the stage and expertly mouthing a complicated soundtrack made up of obscure songs from musical theater and instantly recognizable soundbites from film, TV and the theater. His lip-synching style is so leisurely it becomes hypnotic. He never overemotes; rather, he simply parts his lips and lets the sounds seem to emerge from within. His best weapons are his eyes (the gams are still in working order, too—see inset), which light up the stage with shock, existential angst and/or malevolence, as each sonic snippet demands.

Also compelling is The Passion of the Crawford, the lioness's share of which consists of Epperson and Steve Cuiffo or Scott Wittman recreating Crawford's legendary 1973 Town Hall interview, in which she tweaks Bette Dvis, verbally spanks Marlon Brando, talks parenting and almost has a rolling orgasm while commenting on Greta Garbo. Lypsinka's visual adlibs, affecting expressions Crawford didn't but should have made, are delicious. She then segues into a somewhat dreary sequence of Crawford camp-earnestly reciting a religious text, but it comes to an end with a fantasmagoric remix of some of Crawford's famous lines as well as elements of the Town Hall Q&A that has to be seen to be believed. (If you're into latter-day Crawford, don't miss this video!)

JohnEppersonCompleting your set is John Epperon: Show Trash, in which Lypsinka fades to black so that Epperson himself can shine—and shine he does, as an outstanding pianist and inimitable singer. He offers original compositions that illustrate the trajectory of his life from Southern sissy to big-city sensation, as well as a few lip-synching interludes as a nod to his alter ego. (In an odd tribute to Katharine Hepburn, Epperson impersonats her singing Rapper's Delight—and it just so happened to be the very same day Sugarhill Gang's Big Bank Hank died.)

For Epperson to take on the responsibility of doing three shows simultaneously is some kind of cry for help. Don't ignore it—see all three so you don't have to wait another 20 years to drink in his loopy, intelligent, darkly funny, queerly nostalgic tribute to popular and unpopular culture.

And if you don't wanna see a drag show, then you are your rabbit-faced wife can go to hell.

 
Sep 30 2014
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Forty-two years ago today, Joan Crawford's last performance—on The Sixth Sense—was aired. Check out the full episode after the jump...

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Aug 21 2014
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Ice bucket challege

Via Chexy Decimal: What cracks me up about this more than even the fact that it's Joan Crawford in that pose, is the idea of any stars of the past participating in anything like an ice-bucket challenge. Not that things were better back then (classy is overrated and usually not really accurate), but they sure as hell were different!

Joan's only concession to the ice-bucket challenge:

Mommie-Dearest

 
Aug 20 2014
Three Times A Lady: Legendary, Lovely Lypsinka Celebrates 30 Years With 3 NYC Shows! Comments (0)

Lypsinka #1

Okay, it's over: Lypsinka, the legendary drag diva whose loose lips have captivated for 30 years now, is returning to perform not one but THREE shows in NYC this fall. Tickets will be on sale Friday, September 19, at 10AM here.

From a press release:

“After a 9-year absence, a triple dose of the legendary LypsinkaJohn Epperson’s iconic creation, will be doled out this Fall when the ‘Goddess of Showbiz’ deigns to grace New York City with her sweeping presence in LYPSINKA! THE TRILOGY.  To celebrate a staggering three decades of glamorous theatrics, three different shows -- revivals of the acclaimed LYPSINKA! THE BOXED SET and THE PASSION OF THE CRAWFORD, as well as the New York premiere of JOHN EPPERSON: SHOW TRASH – will run in rotating repertory for a strictly-limited 8-week engagement from November 5th, 2014 – January 3rd, 2015.  The trilogy will take place at the ravishing jewel-box Connelly Theater, located at 220 East 4th Street in Manhattan's way-too-swept-up East Village . . . a stone’s throw from the Pyramid Club and Tompkins Square Park, where Lypsinka was born.

 
Aug 09 2014
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Via Chexy Decimal.

 
Aug 01 2014
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Joan-Crawford

Via Chexy Decimal: One more after the jump, if you promise to click your heels together first...

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Jul 31 2014
Need To Know: You Can't Disguise Hot Guys + Brothers Should Do It + Gushing Critic Forgets Everyone Knows Gaga Can SANG + Peter Panned + MOMMIE DEAREST Screening? #dead + MORE! Comments (0)

ComicconThe fest man

*widget boy cultureCutest guys of Comicon. (I do this each year for NYC.)

*widget boy cultureAre you turned on by sexy brothers?

*widget boy cultureHack Roger Friedman gu$he$ over Lady “Ella Fitzgerald” Gaga.

*widget boy cultureSo her 12yo's baby-beard stimulates her nip while he feeds. Nothing to see here.

*widget boy cultureMary Martin...Jean Arthur...Sandy Duncan...Allison Williams???

*widget boy cultureKaty Perry talks about her friendship with Madonna.

*widget boy cultureHouse moves forward with Obama lawsuit.

*widget boy cultureIf gay blood is dirty, wouldn't the screening process find out anyway?

*widget boy cultureMadonna's Erotica producer Shep Pettibone isn't thrilled about Miley Cyrus rumors.

*widget boy culturePRANKS A LOT: Straight guys audition for a gay reality show.

GAY-REALITY-SHOWYou're hired.

*widget boy cultureSo what if I would like to see Mommie Dearest in a cemetery? #nohomo

*widget boy cultureDMX screams like a girl on amusement park ride.

*widget boy cultureLotta gay people in this pic of Colton Haynes.

*widget boy cultureLay off, some of his best friends are gay!!!

*widget boy cultureLucian's remix of “Am I Wrong” by Nico & Vinz.

*widget boy cultureOh, good: Justin Bieber and Orlando Bloom are fighting.

*widget boy cultureCheck out the annual walk for Valley Fever awareness.

*widget boy culture93yo war hero (now heroine) Robina Asti wins huge transgender-rights victory.

Robina-Asti-by-Michael-SharkeyFly, Robina, fly!