Writer: Trixie Mattel
Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers
Trixie Mattel brings her hilarious stand-up to the Laurie Beechman Theatre in Ages 3 and Up, carrying a one-drag queen show with brilliant energy. Trixie unflinchingly pushes the envelope, and shows tremendous range with style and approach to humor. Standing by jokes that don’t land as well with an “I like it, fuckers,” laughter fills the space every moment of this tour-de-force performance.
Though Trixie’s signature makeup look is less than organic, her presence and timing is one hundred percent natural. Calling on the audience en masse as well as picking out individual members, Trixie creates instant community and exuberance. She doesn’t shy away from talking about the work of drag, but makes the process relatable and tangible even to those who may never consider wearing false eyelashes or platform heels.
To maintain the focus, energy, and sharp wittedness of this roiling performance is impressive enough, but to think that Trixie performs three shows a night, two nights in a row, is a testament to her theatrical background. Every joke is delivered to land perfectly, and even a slide show of less-than-pleasant images encourages more shrieks of laughter than groans of disgust. Folding in fabulous costume changes and a soulful original song, Trixie has put everything she has into this show. Audiences are sure to love every moment of it.
Reviewed on 3 March 2017