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The Miss Ogynistic Beauty Pageant – The Duplex Cabaret, New York City

(Miss Ogynistic Beauty Pageant) (Duplex, NYC)

Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Benefiting various women’s shelters throughout New York, the one-night engagement of The Miss Ogynistic Beauty Pageant sets typical beauty pageant tropes on their heads. With men as contestants, the pageant creates clever send-ups of patriarchal constructs outside of the pageant world using the beauty competition format as framework. Featuring one former Miss America (Kirsten Haglund), two former ...

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Almodóvar Dystopia – Dixon Place, New York

(Almodovar Dystopia) (Dixon Place) (NYC) (c)Peter Yesley

Choreographer: Antonio Ramos Reviewer: Jamie Rosler If your friends generally describe you as humorless or sexually repressed, this show probably isn't for you. On the other hand, maybe you're the ones who need it the most. Almodóvar Dystopia, from Antonio Ramos and the Gang bangers, is an absurd mixed-media dance piece filled with joy, chocolate, nudity, wigs, and references to Pedro ...

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Trinkets – Gene Frankel Theater, New York

Writer: Paul Alexander Choreographer: Antyon LeMonte Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Trinkets, at 24 Bond Arts Center in the Gene Frankel Theater, has a promising enough premise. Billed as telling “the story of a group of drag and transsexual prostitutes” in the pre-gentrified Meatpacking district of the 1990s, the musical is a semi-moralistic tale with an after-school-special structure. Though the run time ...

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The Land of My Fathers and Mothers and Some Other People – The Boat Shed, Exeter

Writer & Performer:  Rhys Slade-Jones Reviewer:  Becca Savory Fuller The Land of My Fathers… is presented as a work-in-progress production at Exeter’s newest performance space, The Bike Shed Theatre’s pop-up summer venue, The Boat Shed.  So, how to review a piece that’s so clearly in an early stage of development?  Lead-artist Rhys Slade-Jones forgets what’s coming next, trips over his ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Cinebra- A History of Horror – The Rialto

CINEBRA: A History of Horror

Reviewer: Simon Topping Sophie and Megan, two seventeen year students with a mutual love of 1980s pop icon Debbie Gibson, share their love of the history of horror with us in a slide presentation they have lovingly researched and written together. Declaring themselves as best friend in song: “Just two girls in a shopping mall, with a mutual love of ...

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Courtney Act: The Girl from Oz – Laurie Beechman Theatre, New York

Blonde woman in farm setting

Writer: Courtney Act Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Australian drag superstar Courtney Act returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre with her latest one-queen show, The Girl from Oz. Following an incredibly successful holiday show in the same venue, Act’s latest show takes the audience on a journey through popular songs written and/or performed by Aussies. Teaching the audience how to speak Australian-English, ...

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JOAN – Ovalhouse, London

Writer and Director: Lucy J Skilbeck Reviewer: Alex Ramon From a silent film classic and an often-revived George Bernard Shaw play to songs by Leonard Cohen, Kate Bush and Madonna, the singular figure of Joan of Arc has remained a somewhat unlikely icon and object of inspiration in 20th and 21st Century popular culture. This enduring fascination must be down, ...

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