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Entries in Gay Culture (34)

Monday
Aug122013

Adam's Call: Review of Miss Richfield 1981 Sweet & Sour Made In China: Energetic and Lively

Adam Rothenberg, Miss Richfield 1981, Paul C. Focazio after "Miss Richfield 1981: Sweet & Sour: Made in China" at The Crown & Anchor's Paramount in Provincetown, MAThe Crown & Anchor is on fire with shows in Provincetown, MA! For a second night in a row, I took in another one of their sold-out shows, Miss Richfield 1981 Sweet & Sour Made in China. This energetic and lively show is fueled by the talents of the extremely talented Miss Richfield 1981. With strong comedic timing and powerful vocals, Miss Richfield engulfed the crowd from the moment she entered the room.

Detailing her possible exit of the United States, Miss Richfield takes the audience around the world with songs, games, and lots of comedy. Miss Richfield 1981 Sweet & Sour Made in China is another show for those who can handle off-beat and darker comedy. Miss Richfield has found a humorous way to make fun of everyone.

My favorite part of Miss Richfield 1981 Sweet & Sour Made in China was her interaction with the audience, which happened throughout the whole show. Miss Richfield was fast on her feet with quick wit comebacks when playing with the crowd. She got the laugh every time she spoke with someone. It takes a real talent to get that kind of reaction.

The other aspect of Miss Richfield's show that I loved was when she sang. Miss Richfield's vocals are unreal...big, powerful, and controlled. When she sang, the sold-out crowd listened! I've seen many drag shows in my lifetime and while many of them are great singers, I haven't heard anyone quite like Miss Richfield. Hearing her sing, made me want her to do a whole show of songs. Maybe somewhere down the line she will or will release an album of her songs. That would be terrific!

Miss Richfield 1981 Sweet & Sour Made In China, plays at The Crown & Anchor's Paramount. The room is huge, at least double the size of Crown Cabaret. Miss Richfield filled it to capacity. I loved the set up of this room because it felt like an intimate, yet grand concert room. The Paramount fit perfectly to the style of Miss Richfield's show. 

If you are looking to see a very dynamic performer, with excellent comedic skills and a fantastic singing voice then I highly suggest checking out Miss Richfield 1981 Sweet & Sour Made in China at The Crown & Anchor: Paramount in Provincetown, MA (247 Commerical Street). She plays through September 21. Click here for tickets!

For more on Miss Richfield 1981 be sure to check out http://missrichfield.wordpress.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter!

 

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!

Sunday
Aug112013

Adam's Call: Dina Martina: Hilarious at The Crown & Anchor in Provincetown MA: Wunderbar

Adam Rothenberg and Dina Martina after her show at The Crown & Anchor in Provincetown, MAI have seen Dina Martina about five or six times now and each time she scores bigger than before! Celebrating her ninth summer in Provincetown, MA, Dina's latest show at The Crown & Anchor's Cabaret is wunderbar!

It's almost impossible to fully describe just how amazing, humorous, and fun a Dina Martina show is. Dina's humor is not for the easily offended. Dina's humor is unique and at times dark, but to me, it is definitely off-the-charts hilarious. This show was no exception. Dina delighted the sold-out crowd to a combination of story telling, comedy, and song. Her stories take the audience on a journey through her reality, which at times, seem like another planet. But it's that out of this world fantasy that makes Dina's story so grand and enjoyable. Dina has such a grasp on performing that it appears effortless for her to draw the audience in.

The songs Dina parodied in this show were fantastic! With every show, Dina chooses one hit classic song after another. This time around, Dina wowed the audience with renditions of songs by Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Daft Punk, and a medley of showtunes. Dina's knack for comedy illuminated during these songs. She hit all the right notes with every song!

Dina used to perform at The Vixen in Provincetown, but in recent years moved to The Crown & Anchor's Cabaret. I love seeing her at The Crown & Anchor's Cabaret for several reasons. First of all, The Crown & Anchor is situated in the center of town. Dina always deserves to be in the center of it all. The Crown & Anchor's Cabaret is also a very intimate room, so no seat is more than 20 feet from the stage. It's this intimacy that helps make Dina's show extra fun.

Dina Martina will be at The Crown & Anchor's Cabaret (247 Commercial Street) through September 14! If you want to see a different kind of performer, then I highly suggest going to see Dina Martina! Click here for tickets!

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!

Thursday
Jul252013

Adam's Call: HOMO The Musical: A Gay 'Ol Time

I had a gay 'ol time at the NYMF production of HOMO The Musical! This fun, original musical made me happy to be gay and proud of all the steps forward the gay community has made to achieve equality. A fun book, written by Lola Rock-n-Rolla, about an alien from Planet Homo who inflantrates a religious Middle American family by posing as a suburban housewife. Lola's book was witty, poignant at times, and definitely made a statement about where a lot of society is at today in regards to the acceptance of gays.

Gina Volpe's music and lyrics were enjoyable. She wrote some great rock-n-roll songs that helped push they story along. David Drake's direction put everything together! David has a great eye for shows with a message no matter how campy they are. I've seen David's work time and time again and I'm always impressed with what he does.

One of the things that made me really enjoy this show was that it felt as though it was a mash-up between Debbie Does Dallas meets The Rocky Horror Show, both of which I enjoyed when I saw them years back. Many of the characters seemed to have elements of characters from those shows, which allowed me to immediately identify more easily with them. Whether it was intentional or not, I think it's a great that HOMO The Musical! paid a little homage to these two shows.

Bringing this show alive more was a great cast of talented performers. I was impressed by all of them. Meg Baessler's comedic talent was delightful every time she was on stage. Thomas Poarch was perfectly cast as the G-d loving preacher dad "Harry." From his mannerisms to his voice, he played to the heavens. Sam Given gave a bravo performace as the "Gaylien." His humorous acting ability added a lot to his character. I don't think there was a better way to play it. He certainly won me over with his voice as well. Blair Goldberg had one of the best scenes of the night which was a great salute to the many horror films of our time. Alexander Coe did a fine job as the son "Billy." He's cute, had a delightful singing voice, and was wisely cast. Danielle Erin Rhodes was hands down my favorite of the night, primarily because of her incredible vocal quality. She literally rocked every song! I can't wait to see more for her. Christopher Trepinski, who I had previously seen in Naked Boys Singing, was terrific as "Teddy." His dynamic acting ability made him stand-out a various times throughout the show.

I think this show has real potential of going somewhere. It's fun, campy, and made me leave with a smile. I think it still has some work to do on it. While the show is only 90-minutes with no intermission, I feel it would work that much better at about 75-80 minutes. There were a few moments when I thought the show was over and it continued on, but since this is still a work in progress, that might be worked out by it's next incarnation.

With two performances left, I would suggest checking out HOMO The Musical at NYMF. It's good times that will make you smile and laugh. HOMO THE MUSICAL plays at PTC Performance Space (555 West 42nd Street, between 10th & 11th Avenue). Click here for tickets!

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!

Thursday
May302013

Adam's Call: At Hand Theatre's I Wanna Destroy You: Hilariously Provocative

Cast of "I Wanna Destroy You", Photo Credit: Murphy Made Photography (Matthew Murphy)At Hand Theatre company is going out with a bang as their final show, Joshua Conkel's I Wanna Destroy You, is hilariously provocative. I Wanna Destroy You takes the audience on a search for love, purpose, strength, and self-worth. When "Beau" is dumped by his lover on his 30th Birthday, the journey begins.

Anthony Johnston, Kieran Mulcare, and Geneva Carr, Photo Credit: Murphy Made Photography (Matthew Murphy)Joshua has written a play that made me laugh, think, and be entertained, which is the kind of show I enjoy most. Dan Horrigan has done a great job directing the play, while the cast of six bring this story to life! Geneva Carr, Jamie Jackson, Anthony Johnston, Preston Martin, Kieran Mulcare, and Kathy Searle all do an excellent job. Their comedic skills are on par while some (Kieran, Kathy, Preston, and Geneva) excelled to bigger heights. Everyone seemed to be in tune with their characters' personality and path, which helped make this story work.

Kathy Searle and Preston Martin, Photo Credit: Murphy Made Photography (Matthew Murphy)I Wanna Destroy You showed me that we are all on a path to desruction, some of us detonate, while others are able to put the fire out or at least keep it contained for longer. I have always enjoyed attending shows at At Hand Theatre company because they took risks on new playwrights, especially many new gay playwrights. I sure am going to miss this gem of a company, so here is hoping their hiatus is not a permanent one! With only 3 performances left, I suggest clicking here to get your tickets!

I Wanna Destroy You plays at Theatre Row's Beckett Theatre (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue) through June 1!

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!

Wednesday
May292013

Adam's Call: Charles Busch at 54 Below: Divine Tale

Charles Busch can do it all...acting, playwriting, screenwriting, and now cabaret star! Until tonight, I had never seen Charles Busch do a cabaret show, but I was thrilled to have this opportunity at 54 Below. If there is one thing Charles Busch knows how to do, it's entertain a crowd. And entertain he did!

Charles' show was a mixture of songs, homages to Hollywood starlets, personal stories, and lots and lots of laughter. Assisting Charles was Tom Judson, Musical Director and Pianist. They did a wonderful duet together of The Carpenters' "Close To You." Prior to that, Charles opened the show with a great original song about what he should sing. The song consisted of everything that makes Charles Busch who he is...humor, imitations, and creative writing. One of my favorite songs performed tonight was a great cover version of Gene Raskin's "Those Were The Days." I adore this song and was so happy to hear Charles sing it.

In between songs Charles delighted the crowd with readings from Conversations with Bette Davis and Conversations with Joan Crawford as well as Ask a Man: The Key To Feminity by Arlene Dahl as well as his own monologues performed as some of his favorite Hollywood starlets. Another great thing about Charles Busch's performance style is the way he maneuvers from original work to reading others work while making it his own. He had the audience in stitches the whole evening with his comedic genius!

The best part about Charles' cabaret show was when he performed the original skit that inspired his Tony Award nominated play The Tale of the Allergists Wife. I had seen the play on Broadway, so it was a real treat to see the actual piece that led to the full-fledged production.

Photo Credit: David A. LeeCharles has found a wonderful niche with his cabaret work. I think this is the perfect venture for him to take in between his theatre and film work. He knows how to work a crowd and just looks so happy to be performing. From songs to monologues to readings, Charles Busch definitely tells a Divine Tale up on that stage. The next time Charles is performing his cabaret act, treat yourself to this delightful, wonderful, and hilarious evening!

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!