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A Dyke About Town: Enjoying the arts for the holidays
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A Dyke About Town: Enjoying the arts for the holidays

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Met broadcast Les Contes D'Hoffman
The Bartlett Sher production of Les Contes D'Hoffman lets you know why he won a Tony for South Pacific. Every detail, down to costume and set design, was right. He dressed Kate Lindsey, who played the Muse, in a tuxedo, and told her to think of Marlene Dietrich. She definitely got the message. This allowed her to stroke Anna Netrebko's face or physically comfort her in ways Mercy found nicely homoerotic. Cuteness declared Lindsey babealicious. Both of their voices were right on throughout their performances of the long, demanding roles. The same thing was true for Joseph Calleja, who sang Hoffmann.

Mercy and Cuteness always feel a bit odd applauding at the Met broadcasts because they aren't live. Their enthusiasm for this production led them to put their hands together vociferously and emit the occasional "bravo" or "brava." Mercy's study of Italian leads her to want to let you know that those calls should fit the gender of the person being applauded: "bravo" for a man, "brava" for a woman, "brave" for a group of women, "bravi" for a group of men or mixed group. Pay attention to these details, and you will impress at your next opera event.

Ham for the Holidays
Mercy and Cuteness have been enjoying Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt's Christmas show a lot over the years. This year, the show earned its standing ovation with a generosity of new material. The comics' writing is at its peak, and had Cuteness' broken rib hurting.

The show opened with Platt wearing a dress made out of a bedspread appropriate for her role as Shenille, who sings with the Colonel. These outdated pop stars have stationed themselves at the end of the light rail line to let passengers know they still have to take a shuttle to the airport. Koch and Platt milk the situation to the nth degree.

This was followed by a delightfully outdated bit of authentic TV: the Scopitones singing and dancing to "Mother Nature, Father Time." Next there was a skit of a Gay game show the Bunker family has wandered onto. Platt and Koch nail Archie and Edith, respectively.

The Sequim Gay Men's chorus has added a nice parody of "Betraying Gravity" about plastic surgery. The Spudds had to wander into the talent show business and put their own spin on it, to Mercy and Cuteness' delight.

Meet Me in St. Louis
Mercy and Cuteness found the Village Theatre production of Meet Me in St. Louis warm and wonderful. They felt Ryan Nixon's singing of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" made the whole evening worthwhile. Aneliese Emerson Guettinger charmed as the child Tootie, as did John David Scott, Bryan Tramontana and John David Scott as her brother and sisters. John Patrick Lowrie and Frances Leah King parented this family and regarded each other with palpable love.

Rainbow City Band
Mercy was ecstatic with the Rainbow City Band concert at Broadway Performance Hall,last week. She loves seeing her friend Lucidity Piccolo's big smile against her gray hair as she plays her flute. The theme was a child's-eye-view of Christmas. As director Michael Clark said, "In this economy we are led to get down to basics. The heart of Christmas is the child's excitement about it." The band was sharp under his baton. The addition of a kid kazoo band was inspired. High points were "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas." "Three Klezmer Songs" under assistant director Anita Valdez also had the audience's hands clapping.

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