HOUSTON VOICE • DECEMBER 29, 2000
Plentiful gay productions in 2000
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song stylings. Between the laughs, they made
you weep with their neurotic showbiz longing.
After thrashing herself into a frenzy with
Butt Trumpet's "You're Ugly," Kiki lay
sprawled on the floor. "Mommy's all right.
We just get a little weird sometimes."
Then it was off on a Shakespearean soliloquy or a scorching rendition of Patti Smith's
"Horses." Scary and fascinating, And unforgettable.
Christmas On Mars
To say that a staging of a Harry Kondoleon
drama is rare would be an understatement, so
we were exceedingly grateful for Ashland St.
Theatre Co.'s winter mounting of this blistering play. That this production was a riveting,
sterling powerhouse account was also something for which to be grateful.
"Christmas" is, at all times, unreal yet
truthful, perverse yet sane, sadistic yet tender.
Dtetuictive in its bending of theatrical conventions, the spellbinding characters held us
enthralled throughout. It veered from searing
dramatic outburst to luminous insight to
laugh-out-loud comedy schtick, thoroughly
engrossing, or grossing us out. It was a bizarre
human comedy of ill manners.
Forcefully directed by Travis Ammons,
this dark and poignant tale of four interconnected people who can't really connect is afire
with humanity: the egotistic bisexual male
model manque (Tim Wrobel); his fiercely neurotic gay lover (Byron Norton); the pregnant
wife-to-be (Adrianne Kipp); and her mother
(Cheryl Croix) whose unending search for
love unravels her life.
At the end, the stage is littered with wrapping paper, a beat-up Christmas tree, the lover
who finds solace inside a baby's crib, self-
deluded Mother weeping and laughing on
the floor, a headless doll, and a puddle of
amniotic fluid. How the detritus got there represents Kondoleon's brilliant map of the
human heart. All we had to do was follow his
trail of blood, tears, and laughter.
The Nutty Nutcracker
Houston Ballet's take-off on its own classic
holiday production has become one of the
hottest tickets during the post-Christmas season. It's everything you'd wish the
"Nutcracker" would be if someone only had
the nerve to do it. Well, the comic zanies at
the Ballet do it right! Past shows have been
set on the Titanic (with dancing penguins for
the Snow Scene) or in the West Wing (with
Monica and Bill cavorting under the executive
desk in the Land of the Sweeties). Ribald and
exceedingly funny, this R-rated retelling ends
the year with smirking glee. The day after, you
will be sore from laughing so hard.
Wortham Theater Center
Dirty Little Showtunes
If you think gay life is a "Cabaret" or a
Broadway musical with better lyrics, then Tom
Orr's delicious parody is a must-see. Using
tunes we can hum in our sleep from Sondheim,
Webber, Richard Rodgers, Gilbert & Sullivan,
Harold Aden, et al., this wicked spoof skewers
GLBT living with delightful zest and irreverence
by supplying new lyrics to Broadway standards.
Funny, moving, it might even make you think.
Now that's a novel concept for a musical.
Jan. 5 through Feb. 24
Theatre New West
A Tuna Christmas
Without the help of digital effects, Joe Sears
and Jaston Williams portray all the loony
beloved characters of Tuna, Texas, the second-
smallest town in state, in this warm and cozy
parody of contemporary American life.
Consummate actors, these two will make you
believe that the entire stage is ablaze with life.
It is, just not at the same time. A memorable
night in the theater for any season.
Jan. 9 through 14
The Grand 1894 Opera House, Galveston
Walker Evans: A Retrospective
In a magnificent new exhibition, MFAH salutes
and glorifies the artistry of photographer
Walker Evans. Quintessentially American, his
black and white eye focused on hard truths
with unflinching documentary-like detail, such
as the Great Depression, tenant farmers in
Alabama or New York City subway riders. By
rejecting artifice and artiness in his spare,
elegantly framed pictures, he nevertheless
created photography as an art form. He was
the ultimate photographer: he makes the viewer see anew.
Continuing through March 4
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