A Dyke About Town: Holiday shows
|A Dyke About Town: Holiday shows|
by Mercy Moosemuzzle -
SGN Contributing Writer
Mercy and Cuteness enjoyed the Venus Envy reunion at the Triple Door very much. It was satisfying to revisit songs such as Lisa Koch's "I'll Be a Homo for Christmas." Laura Love updated their "Chain of Fools" to incorporate the president elect with a new refrain "Change is Good." She also performed a campaign song she had written for Obama, which made Mercy and Cuteness smile. Lisa Sullivan provided an original tune, "That Myth in Genesis" and some amazing harmonica licks. The show launched the Christmas season well.
They also appreciated Allan Barlow's self-produced one-man show of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" at the Queen Anne Masonic Lodge. Barlow created the adaptation, which, along with his acting made the case for the story. Equality pointed out how well he portrayed a variety of people. Mercy liked the pantomimes and sound effects he added.
The Seattle Women's Chorus Concert delighted Mercy and Cuteness. They appreciated how large and well-oiled the group had become as it matured. Mercy isn't crazy about the costumes, which look like they were designed by a drag queen for his mother. Cuteness says what she likes about choral music is its power. She felt director Dennis Coleman is subduing the women's voices. Cuteness would like to see what would happen if he let them cut loose. They thought the high point was Captain Smartypants' satirical Hanukkah Boogie, which you can see on Youtube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgaOdiDK7hA
By contrast, Mercy, Cuteness and Equality also saw Black Nativity for the first time this year. Every moment of that production, directed by Jacqueline Moscou, stands up and shouts. Langston Hughes' script is highly lyrical. G. Tomas Jones as the narrator and Patrinell Wright as the pastor have resonant voices. Wright's singing sets the stage for an evening of fine solos and the harmonies of the Total Experience Choir. Bojohn Diciple and Pamela Yasutake dance beautifully as Joseph and Mary. They lead a corps of dancers that are lithe and skillful. Kabby Mitchell III is the choreographer responsible for heartrending and uplifting moments of dance. The band is rock solid.
Equality, 12 years old, agreed that the show was fun. Mercy thought some members of the audience must have recognized her, because she heard them calling her name.
Mercy went to Dos Fallopia's Christmas Hour and a Half at Theater Off Jackson. This is the eighth year the comedy duo has done a holiday show. Their productions have become a tradition for the Gay and Lesbian community. Lisa Koch's Sister Mary Agnes Labia was in fine form, joking that the way to get a nun pregnant is to dress her up as an altar boy. Peggy Platt's Craft Lady always finds amazing things to do with condoms and dildos. The Spudds' bantering was nicely in synch. They added a new song, "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Homos." Mercy almost didn't get to see the show, since the short run sold out quickly. She is happy to hear there are plans afoot to move the show upstairs to the larger Wing Luke museum.
The Seattle Men's Chorus Fruitcake concert demonstrated the group's musicality and range. The combination of classic Christmas songs and over-the-top comedy was satisfying. "The Promise - A Christmas Miracle," an SMC commission, was touching. "The Night Before Christmas & Revisited" changed musical style an incredible number of times. The rightness of interrupting the sing-along of "Wonderland," at the Parson Brown line with a rowdy anti-prop 8 demonstration made Mercy and Cuteness smile.
Mercy and Cuteness enjoyed "Land of the Sweets," the burlesque Nutcracker at the Triple Door. Producers Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann also danced well. Waxie Moon and Osiris Bombay and Kitten La Rue stood out in a number of roles, including some drag ones and the Rat King for Maxie, which we enjoyed. Indigo Blue dancing as the Countess of Candies (also known as the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies) made us happy her bio identifies her as Seattle's Sapphic Sweetheart. The revisioning of the old chestnut pleased Mercy and Cuteness.
Seattle Public Theater's Santaland Diaries has been on Mercy's list of things to see, especially since she had a stint working as a mall elf until her antlers tore the costume. She talked Cuteness and Equality into braving a snowstorm and joining her. David Sedaris' essay about his experiences in that role at Macy's is wonderfully satirical. It works well as a play. David Goldstein plays the talky role well. Director Tim Hyland found ways to provide action suited to the pace of the shopping season. The story includes some flirtations among the elves and Santas, which was fun.