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Penny Arcade/ Tammy Faye Starlite in “The Anarchist”

Posted in Art Stars, Indie Theatre, PLUGS with tags , , , , , , , on February 16, 2017 by travsd

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The Perfect Way To Spend (Not My) President’s Day!

Posted in Indie Theatre, PLUGS with tags , , , , , on February 4, 2017 by travsd

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An Early Holiday Junket on the L.E.S.

Posted in Burlesk, Christmas, Contemporary Variety, Magicians/ Mind Readers/ Quick Change, SOCIAL EVENTS, Vaudeville etc. with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2016 by travsd

Yeah, I know it’s almost three weeks away, but we needed some Christmas early this year, know’m sayin’? So when I had the opportunity to review a holiday show at Pangea last night (see below) I enjoyed the evening abroad to the full. Riding shotgun on the adventure was documentary-maker Heather Quinlan, who took some of the better pictures you see below (the uncredited ones are mine)

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The night got off to an auspicious start the instant I got off the F train; there was a vintage subway train parked in the station. The MTA pulls a couple of them out of mothballs (actually the NY Transit Museum) every year at this time.

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Stopped by the Paulaner Brauhaus on the Bowery (site of my wedding after-party/reception) for the tree trimming.

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It was nice to see this pop-up Christmas tree market at the site of the 2015 East Village Gas Leak Explosion, a little bit of festive beauty enlivening what would otherwise be a depressing black hole.

Then it was off to Pangea to see “‘Tis the Season to be Morbid”, a charming cabaret show starring Austin Pendleton (What’s Up Doc? Catch-22 etc etc etc) and Barbara Bleier (with a cameo by Barbara Maier Gustern.) See my review in Chelsea Now.

Bleier and Pendleton in concert. The lady in the red sweater in the audience is none other than Tammy Fay Starlite. Turn around, Tammy!

Bleier and Pendleton in concert. The lady in the red sweater in the audience is none other than Tammy Fay Starlite. Turn around, Tammy! Photo by Heather Quinlan

 

Barbara Maier Gustern. Photo by Heather Quinlan

Barbara Maier Gustern. Photo by Heather Quinlan

Pendleton and Trav S.D.

Pendleton and Trav S.D., lookin’ goofy

The off to Hotel Chantelle on Ludlow Street for the First Annual Repeal Day Party (honoring the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition.) We caught several performances by the likes of Trick-the-Bastard, Lewd Alfred Douglas and several burlesque performers, but the photos didn’t come out well in the dim lighting.  Anyway, we were too busy enjoying the performances! I hope it does prove to be annual tradition, as it was a lot of fun!

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Dapper Don Spiro and Delicious Dandy Dillinger, hosts!

Dapper Don Spiro and Delicious Dandy Dillinger, hosts!

 

Nelson Lugo!

Nelson Lugo!

 

Hannah Schiff and Dan Hermann!

Hannah Schiff and Dan Hermann!

 

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Merch room. Photo by Heather Quinlan

 

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Quinlan snapped this young lady on the street as we were leaving. I love what it says: the joy of Dandy’s party is spilling out into the world and spreading.

One last stop! I’d wanted to see Cardone’s New York House of Magic ever since he launched it at the Slipper Room over a year ago. The timing was perfect to see it last night. On the bill were young Apollo Riego, mentalist Patrick Terry, and the headliner Devlin. And of course Cardone. 

 

Cardone is literally tell me good places to visit in Transylvania in this picture. Photo by Heather Quinlan

Cardone is literally telling me good places to visit in Transylvania in this picture. Photo by Heather Quinlan

 

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Cardone in performance. Photo by Heather Quinlan

Cardone in performance. Photo by Heather Quinlan

 

Curtain Call

Curtain Call

 

Quinlan. We want to make a tv show together. Please give us money!

Quinlan. We want to make a tv show together. Please give us money!

Something Approximating a Column

Posted in Art Stars, CRITICISM/ REVIEWS, Hollywood (History), Indie Theatre, ME, PLUGS with tags , , , , , , on December 3, 2009 by travsd

I almost had – of all things – an Austin Pendleton double header a few days back. First, there was a benefit for my fellow Villager scribe Jerry Tallmer at the Players Club on Nov. 23rd. Tallmer is an unjustly neglected institution – the main theatre critic for the Village Voice during the salad days of off-off-Broadway (a term he has reputed to have coined). Pendleton M.C.’d the event. Furthermore, the event featured Edward Albee, Charles Busch and Jules Feiffer, all of whom I’ve met and at least vaguely know my work. A TRULY indefatigable theatre impresario would have gone and plugged Kitsch (and supported Mr. Tallmer)…but I was too pooped to pop.

The next night, however I DID see Mr. Pendleton, and unlike me, he is indefatigable. He always seems to be everywhere. Like most people, I’d initially only known him as a funny Hollywood character actor in films like What’s Up Doc? and Catch 22. That impression changed drastically when I saw him in the title role in Philoctetes about 20 years ago. Since then I notice his name constantly, usually as director (he very recently did the revival of Tennessee Williams’ Vieux Carre at the Pearl). On Nov. 24th, at the invitation of my new friend Barbara Maier (voice coach to the Art Stars), I attended Mr. Pendleton’s interpretation of Arthur Kopit’s little known one-act Chamber Music.

I’m a fan of Indians and Oh, Dad, Poor Dad, but Chamber Music doesn’t rank with these. It’s a sort of cross between No Exit, King of Hearts and a special, all-female edition of Steve Allen’s Meeting of Minds. A bunch of female inmates of an insane asylum (each of whom thinks she is a different Great Woman from History) sit and bicker amongst themselves for about 45 minutes, until, inevitably, one of them (ironically the one who actually MIGHT be the person she says she is – the actual Amelia Earheart) is sacrificially murdered.

The acting in the piece ranged from highly capable to not-so. I was relieved when, about a half hour into the piece, my friend Barbara, heretofore mute as Queen Isabella of Spain, suddenly burst into a lengthy monologue and became integral to the proceedings. It felt a little like Lucky’s speech in Godot, wonderfully unexpected, and Barbara did it justice. To date, she’s only been a pen pal (and we’ve seen each others’ shows). Next step is to actually meet her! Other standouts in the cast? H’m, well, there’s an earnest and lovely young sylph of an actress by the name of “Tammy Lang” who looks suspiciously like Tammy Faye Starlight, playing silent movie star Pearl White. And yet…Tammy Faye Starlight?!  Naw! It couldn’t be!

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