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Waack to the Future: Africa– House of Yes, New York City

Producer: Princess Lockeroo Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell Vogue and Waack are dance styles that originated in the LGBTQ communities of New York and Los Angeles during the 1970s and 1980s. Madonna’s 1990 hit “Vogue” and the David Fincher-directed music video introduced voguing to mainstream America; the scene is still very much alive, as evidenced by Princess Lockerooo’s annual vogue and ...

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Yummy – Underbelly Festival, London

Director: James Welsby Reviewer: Richard Maguire In the old days, drag was challenging and subversive often coming with a political or a gender political agenda. Now as it increasingly occupies mainstream territory, drag has been tamed and its power to undermine societal expectations has been made safe. Yummy, the new drag show opening at the Southbank’s Underbelly Festival, is as ...

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LGBTQ+ Preview: Week 3 at the VAULT Festival

With so many shows at the VAULT Festival devoted to LGBTQ+ issues, The Reviews Hub’s Richard Maguire thought he’d see what the third week of the festival had to offer. He chatted to three creatives who are bringing some queer-slanted shows to the VAULT this week: Drag King, Len Blanco; director and writer Conor Hunt; and award-winning comedian Heidi Regan. ...

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BenDeLaCreme’s Inferno A-Go-Go! – Laurie Beechman Theatre, New York

[BenDeLaCreme's Inferno A-Go-Go] [Laurie Beechman Theatre, NYC] (c)Jason Russo

Writer: BenDeLaCreme Director: BenDeLaCreme Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers After a wildly successful run of the show during the summer of 2016, BenDeLaCreme returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre with BenDeLaCreme’s Inferno A-Go-Go!. DeLa (as her fans call her) brings her trademark spark and wit to the stage, and even more confidence and polish as a seasoned performer. A fan favorite on ...

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La Voix’s One Night Only – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Drag culture is in flux at the moment. For decades, occasional nights hosting karaoke in gay bars have been the best most acts could hope for: in recent years, though, the ascendancy of TV reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race from cult hit to mainstream phenomenon has seen an influx of American-style drag performance alongside more traditional, British ...

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Are You There Ru? It’s Me, Chelsea – Laurie Beechman Theatre, New York

(Chelsea Piers) (Beechman Theatre) (NYC) (c)James Michael Avance

Writer: Chelsea Piers Director: Darius Rose Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Chelsea Piers is the showtune belting, punk rock drag goddess of Hell’s Kitchen, so why hasn’t she been on RuPaul’s Drag Race yet? At the Laurie Beechman Theatre, with musical direction by Brandon James Gwinn, Chelsea strives to answer the question, when will she get her chance at international stardom? Taking the ...

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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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