516 posts categorized "THEATRE"

Sep 20 2014
Good-Bye, Polly: Actress Polly Bergen Dies @ 84 Comments (0)

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Stage, TV and film actress/singer (let's face it—she could do anything) Polly Bergen has died at 84 following many years of poor health.

I think of her as a stage actress, but also remember her fondly in Cry-Baby (1990), the pretty darn good John Waters flick.

I had just talked about her with a friend. I hate when that happens.

 
Sep 19 2014
If Lypsinka Calls...I'm Here! Comments (0)

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If you don't know who John Epperson is, I'm not mad at you—I pity you. A drag artist extraordinaire, he is the mistressmind behind Lypsinka, a hysterical blend of Ann Miller, Maureen O'Hara and a gay Joan Crawford robot. In her shows, Lypsinka mouths along to a crazed soundtrack of classic and obscure lines from movies and other sources, representing a nightmarishly hilarious laundry list of most of the important things ever uttered.

Lypsinka-pressCalls girl

After too long an absence, Lypsinka is back, performing three separate shows from Wednesday, November 5, to Saturday, January 3, at the Connelly Theater (220 East Fourth St., NYC). Look for her in:

Lypsinka! The Boxed Set

The Passion of the Crawford

John Epperson: Show Trash

Check them out here!

Lypsinka-closeupThis is the face Margaret Thatcher dreamed of having.

I already know all three will be amazing. I saw Lypsinka at The Vortex in Chicago around 1990 and waited in a long line to get her autograph on a dollar bill. Her performance was mind-blowing back then—how did Epperson ever gather all those soundbytes and edit them so seamlessly???

Lypsinka-autographLypsinka graciously signed this card for me.

But I also had a little sneak preview at a press meet-and-greet last night, at which Lypsinka was in top form. She tore through an exhausting sequence of her signature phony phone-answering in spite of some injuries; we never would've known if she hadn't told us.

Lypsinka-liveRead her lips.

See you at all three shows!

 
Sep 14 2014
Keepin' It MIGHTY REAL: A Review Of That Must-See Sylvester Musical Comments (0)

MightyReal266Resolutely fabulous

BOY CULTURE REVIEW: ***1/2 out of ****

Sylvester (September 6, 1947—December 16, 1988) was a force of nature—he forced his nature on a world that was at times unwilling to accept him for the person he didn't choose to be, and for the MightyReal565person he chose to be. It's hard to imagine Sylvester's brand of authenticity bringing him success in the 1970s, but he had a good imagination because success is what he had. With some indelible disco classics and a refusal to play the game required of most other popular singers, he became a gay icon and an inspiration in his short life—he died of AIDS at 41.

In Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical, Anthony Wayne (who also wrote the book and is co-director and co-producer with his partner Kendrell Bowman) resurrects Sylvester, doing a damn fine job of disproving any notion that Sylvester was inimitable. In a performance that's informed by Wayne's obvious respect for the icon, he recalls without mimicking Sylvester's piercing falsetto in a string of soaring musical numbers that draw from the entertainer's entire oeuvre.

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Sep 12 2014
Debtor's Prison: A Review Of BAD WITH MONEY @ The Duplex Comments (0)

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BOY CULTURE REVIEW: *** out of ****

When Ben Rimalower was gracious enough to invite me to his latest one-woman show, Bad With Money at The Duplex here in NYC, I knew immediately it was a show for me.

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Sep 11 2014
Need To Know: Pot Calling The Kettle Zac + 1D's 3rd N + DUCK DYNASTY Crab + Shia Came To The CABARET + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureZac Efron, even with substance-abuse issues, has marijuana undies.

*widget boy cultureAnother famous wrestler dies young.

*widget boy cultureIs Harry Styles hideously deformed?

*widget boy cultureNet neutrality bigger than Janet Jackson's tits.

*widget boy culture9/29 a big day for gay marriage.

*widget boy culturePhil Robertson thinks STDs are God's penalty.

*widget boy cultureShia LaBeouf is guilty, guilty, guilty.

*widget boy cultureRyan Phillippe hits the big 4-0.

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Sep 09 2014
Lights Out For Joan Rivers Comments (0)

Joan-RiversRivers celebrates her birthday 20 years ago during the run of Sally Marr and Her Escorts.

The Broadway League has backed down—Joan Rivers will receive the honor of having the lights on Broadway dimmed for 60 seconds at 6:45 tonight.

 
Sep 08 2014
Broadway To Joan Rivers: Drop Deader! Comments (0)

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Joan Rivers will not receive the honor of the lights of Broadway being dimmed—she has been deemed not synonymous enough with theater.

The bitch was nominated for a Tony, which is more than we can say for (the supertalented) Robin Williams, who appeared in one Broadway show and performed one of his stand-up shows on Broadway for telecast but who received the honor of dimmed lights recently.

Really tone-deaf move.

 
Can Hall Pass? Comments (0)

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Michael C. Hall will be the next “Hedwig” when Andrew Rannells finished up, starting October 16.