The Eagle in New York City is a gay leather bar located in Chelsea. Normally this is a male cruising institution but the production company TOSOS has reimagined the space as the site for the award-winning romp about the 1969 Stonewall Riots. Doric Wilson’s Street Theatre delivers a 90 minute laugh-a-minute spectacle through one of the most historic moments in queer history. The cast was beyond amazing. In particular were the riveting performances delivered by Jeremy Lawrence who played a closeted old pervert, T. Thompson’s spunky lesbian and Chris Anderson and Michael Lynch who played outlandish drag queen sex workers. If only we could all be so quick-witted in our everyday conversations as this performance treated us to.
Also worth the price of admission alone was seeing Timothy, a naive school boy cruising for sex, played by Tim Abrams, who stripped down to a pair of red underwear dawning a cowboy hat. The smart, over-the-top characters combined with the setting created a sense of suspended reality. This larger than life version of our history is told through the lives of people who were active in the streets and clubs and came together in a courageous act of resistance against the police raid of the Stonewall Inn. The Eagle makes for an intimate experience, however the space is small and because there are only three shows left I recommend you get tickets fast.
The Eagle, NYC
554 West 28th Street
Directed by Mark Finley
October 2, 3 and 4, 2017
7:00 pm. TICKETS
Combine Who Framed Roger Rabbit with a gay South Park you’d end up close to TOSOS Damaged Goods. Virginia Baeta’s queer metaphorical twist on a murder mystery is a fun and whimsical journey into the gender-bending world of Thomas Sparks, a private dick who is bent on bedding the seductive Iris Carnegie played by the uber-talented Karen Stanion.
Sexy, sultry and seductive, the cast of Damaged Goods are as smart as they are funny. If the writing doesn’t hook you, the adorable and enduring characters will. Although, good luck figuring out who the cis characters are, but perhaps that’s the point.
Photo: Karen Stanion and Virginia Baeta by Ben Strothmann.
15 W 28th Street New York, NY 10001 Until March 18th, 2017 or TICKETS
Julie Andrews is the Devil is a funny and charming love story about Tabitha, played by a magnificent Andrea Alton, who is a lesbian nun fixated on Julie Andrews from The Sound of Music. When Tabitha goes to Provincetown during Women’s Week she meets her love interest, a guitar wielding lesbian folksinger hot-pot named Marissa, played by the captivating Virginia Baeta.
Directed by Ed Valentine, who boasts three Emmy awards for his writing on Sesame Street, Julie Andrews is the Devil has been selected by TOSOS, NYC’s first AND oldest professional LGBT theatre company, to participate in the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival this May.
To rephrase the Baroness from the Sound of Music “There’s nothing more irresistible to a woman than a woman who’s in love with her.”