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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 is listed at one hour and forty minutes, the energy of the performances drags the time well beyond that, and despite a few shining moments, feels every minute of it. 

One enters the overly warm space at 24 Bond Street primed for an experience of fearlessness and joy tempered with heart and grit. And Paul Alexander’s script provides that, albeit with a few tangential scenes that add little more than run time. However, the energy and specificity of the production falls short of the potential set forth by the writing. There are significant moments where the cast shines, but they are offset with low energy. As a whole, it feels like an early tech rehearsal, with actors marking through their parts but holding back from going full-out.

There is tremendous potential in this play. Perhaps with more time in front of audiences, Trinkets will find its footing and deliver on its promise of dazzle.

Runs until 14 September 2017

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