Writer: Lady Bunny & Beryl Mendelbaum
Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers
Lady Bunny brings her delightfully crass humor to the upstairs theatre of the historic Stonewall Inn, in the now twice-extended Trans-Jester. A drag icon, Bunny melds show tunes, audience-interactive monologue, video media, pop music, and brilliant one-liners together in a one-person show that balances social commentary with toilet humor to achieve a brilliant aesthetic and emotional balance.
Bunny expertly works with the audience energy, driving the piece while tweaking nuances on the fly to hold the audience in the palm of her brooch-bejeweled hand. Sondheim pings off of Bruno Mars, which collides with video footage before coming back to Bunny’s incisively irreverent monologues. The joy that Bunny brings to the stage is nothing short of infectious, and audiences cannot help but feel a connection, not only to Bunny, but to each other. Between jokes about genitalia and parody songs, there is a truth and a cohesiveness to the piece that creates a community in the cabaret space.
Though Bunny’s show was written and has been in performance since before the election, the message of unity therein rings perhaps even more true that it did before November 8. Bunny encourages the audience to keep their sense of humor and spread joy into the world, and leads by stunning example. Even though Bunny does the talking, the effect is cathartic and therapeutic in the house as well as onstage. There is safety and laughter and joy and hope. And scatological humor. And amazingly huge blonde wigs. Trans-Jester is Lady Bunny at her finest.
Runs until 28 December 2016