Trans-Jester is a fitly, potty-mouthed, politically incorrect, mean spirited show and the most fun I’ve had in years. Behind the succession of cheap-shots and endless poo jokes is a deeper, philosophical commentary about a culture of inclusive political correctness that has started to suck the uniqueness right out of the human race. But who really cares about deeper meanings when you’ve got comedy of this calibre. This show is funny as hell and can cleanse even the most hardened politically incorrect soul. I got there and thought “Oh my God, she did not just say that!” and then it got worse, in the best way possible.
Lady Bunny in Trans-Jester! Until April 30, 2016 Stonewall Inn, New York City TICKETS
What do Liza Minnelli, Joan Rivers, Bette Midler, Rosie O’Donnell, Kathy Griffin, and Ryan G Hinds have in common? They all love high camp, sequins, show tunes and they’ve each been guests to the historic Don’t Tell Mama, a cabaret piano bar in New York’s theatre district. And now Ryan (Hedwig & the Angry Inch; MacArthur Park Suite, A Disco Ballet, Starry Notions) will upstage them all by performing a one night show for the last stop on his three city tour. The Toronto premiere was met with a standing ovation at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, before mounting it at the Mainline Theatre in Montréal and now he’s headed to the big apple for what will be his cabaret debut performance.
#KanderAndEbb will no doubt be high camp both because Ryan is involved and because it’s cleaverly based on John Kander and Fred Ebb who were the famed songwriters behind Chicago, Cabaret, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Funny Lady, Zorba, The Visit and New York New York.
Expect some new arrangements of old classics plus experience some of Kander and Ebb’s lesser-known songs performed by the impossible-to-upstage Ryan G. Hinds. Ryan has performed with artists such as Todrick Hall, Debbie Reynolds, Lady Bunny, Sky Gilbert and yes, even Liza Minnelli. Go see #KanderAndEbb, you are guaranteed a great time. Musical director Mark Selby on piano, Jeff Deegan on bass and Julian “Fatsound” Clarke on drums.
#KanderAndEbb November 15th at 8PM Don’t Tell Mama
343 West 46th Street
Saturday November 15th 2105
8pm $10 (+2 drink min)
Tix: (212) 757-0788 or to reserve.
TORONTO: Buddies in Bad Times, October 4th at 8 PM
MONTREAL: Mainline Theatre, October 9th and 10th, 8 PM NEW YORK CITY: Don’t Tell Mama, November 15th 8PM