Monday, June 04, 2012

Town DC's "Crack" satire stage show is a big pre-Pride hit

Saturday night June 2, 2012 and as an encore Sunday afternoon, Town Danceboutique (“Town DC”) held a special “drag” (?) show called “Crack”, an irreverent satire against conservative politicians and religiously based sexual hypocrisy.  It started earlier than usual, around 9:30 PM Saturday, and the floor space “outfield” was enlarged for more seats.  There was even an intermission.  It lasted until about 11:20.  So the dancing started earlier than usual.

There was a big crowd early, and the parking lot filled earlier than usual.  One the dance floors afterward, the crowd didn’t seem quite as large as usual; some people left after the show ($10) for other places.

One of the earlier images was a "crucifixion", and later there was a fake "nativity" (a balloon simulated the pregnancy), with a rather smooth-skinned but already bearded Christ-figure as baby.  Is this an allusion to Terrence McNally's play "Corpus Christi" which I saw in Minneapolis in 2002?  

A "trojan horse" would follow soon. 

One of the highlights of the show was the sacking of a poster of Rick Santorum (with all his talk of the “common good” in his 2005 book “It Takes a Family” [Books blog, March 5, 2012), with a game of blind-man’s bluff, played by members from the audience, who sprayed the poster while blindfolded with chocolate cake batter to look like – you know what.    One attractive guy hit his mouth.  The poster read “A Better Amercia (sic)”.

Later the troupe performed a take-off on “Sister Act” (try “Salve Regina” on YouTube here), which I actually saw in New York recently (Drama blog, Dec. 1, 2011).

There was a spoof on actor Sacha Baron Cohen, who stars in the remake of "The Dictator".  I've seen Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator" (1940); I don't think I'll bother with the remake.  Sacha can remain real hairy but only when he wants to be.  He's quite capable of looking and acting girlish (call that gender-bending.) But, he's an actor and a "masculine".  (This show demonstrated Rosenfels's idea of masculine polarity well.)   There was also a spoof involving sympathy for homeless "ceramic animals". 

There were plenty of artifices and virtual takes on “sensitive areas”.

I thought about a silly commercial on ABC television station WJLA Saturday morning (usually these get on CNN, too), for a handheld, microwave-based “permanent” depilatory product called “No-No”, with male models showing no shame for their limbs and chest. That innovative gadget didn’t appear in the show, but it probably isn’t too far down the pike from the next one.  A hazard on a dance floor? 

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