Tag: Karla Meyer

Review: My Name Is Annie King (Underscore Theatre)

Amanda Giles and the cast of My Name Is Annie King, Underscore Theatre            
      

My Name Is Annie King
 
By Aaron Albert, Katy Rea (music, lyrics)
    and Krista Pioppi (book)
at Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway (map)
thru May 28  |  tix: $20-30  |  more info
       
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May 7, 2017 | 0 Comments More

Review: 35MM – A Musical Exhibition (Circle Theatre)

Neil Stratman and Liz Bollar in 35MM-A Musical Exhibition, Circle Theatre          
      
   

35MM: A Musical Exhibition

Music/Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver
Based on photographs by Matthew Murphy
at Collaboraction, 1579 N. Milwaukee (map)
thru Apr 10  |  tix: $35   |  more info
       
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March 29, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Review: Santa’s Dead! & Dirty Carol’s Christmas: A Holiday Double Feature (MidTangent Productions)

MidTangent Production's "Santa's Dead & Dirty Carol's Christmas: A Holiday Double Feature" by Tony Lewis, Aaron Michael Adamkiewicz and Karl Meyer. (phoo credit: Michael Workman)       
      
Santa’s Dead!
   & Dirty Carol’s Christmas
 

Written by Tony Lewis, Karla Meyer
   and Aaron Michael Adamkiewicz
Directed by Tony Lewis and Max Bever
at Hydrate Nightclub, 3458 N. Halsted (map)
thru Dec 22  |  tickets: $10   |  more info
       
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November 25, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: Twinkie and the Beast (MidTangent Productions)

  
  

Beastly, bawdy fun!

  
  

The cast of MidTangent Production's 'Twinkie and the Beast' at Hydrate Night Club in Chicago

  
MidTangent Productions present
 
Twinkie and the Beast
  
Written and Directed by Tony Lewis
at
Hydrate Nightclub, 3458 N. Halsted (map)
through April 30  |  tickets: $10  |  more info

Reviewed by K.D. Hopkins

I always have a good time in Boystown whether it’s shopping at some of the more interesting stores (hellooo Tulip!) or sipping a citron and cranberry at Hydrate. I had the great pleasure and bonus of seeing the MidTangent production of Twinkie and the Beast to go with my libation.

This show is a brilliant send up of the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ story. It was refreshing and quite hysterical to see it done so irreverently with the denizens of Boystown.

Loren Agron as Swell and Omicah House as The Beast in MidTangent Production's 'Twinkie and the Beast' at Hydrate Night Club in ChicagoThis is the story of a hot little twink named Swell who is looking for love and won’t give up the goodies until he finds it. Loren Agron plays Swell with delightful aplomb. Swell is pursued by the cocksure swain Piston played by Aaron Michael Adamkiewicz. Piston is a great caricature of the villain Gaston in the original fairy tale. Adamkiewicz struts about the stage in various rough trade attire as a porn star who always gets his man. I loved the obviously stuffed jeans which reminded me of Led Zeppelin back in the day. Piston later emerges in homage to Larry Blackmon of Cameo in leather  pants and a codpiece – hysterically sexy!

Swell runs to his Fairy Godmother, played by drag star Madame X, to avail of her advice on the pressure to give in to Piston or wait for true love. This scene is truly about the beauty and artistry of drag. Madame X is a surreal vision in Fellini pink and kabuki mannered gestures.

The story gets more surreal when Swell enters the Beast’s manor and trades his life to save Fairy Godmother from the dungeon. We meet all of the enchanted characters who used to be regular Boystown folks.

Wiggins used to be the Beast’s fag hag before he was cursed to wear the leather mask and seriously big wig. Wiggins was rewarded for her loyalty by being turned into a big pile of wigs. Erin Daly has a phenomenal voice and exquisite sense of timing as Wiggins. The other characters are from a drag queen’s cosmetic case as well. There is Karla Meyer as Lipour, the living lipstick attired in a stock French maid outfit.

Michael Elm plays the role of Pouf, a powder puff who channels Ernie Kovacs as Percy Dovetonsils. Elm is hilarious with his droll and imperious delivery. And then there is Doobie – yes a giant human joint who can roll one off of himself. Poor Doobie just came to deliver a pizza and voila, he is what he smokes. Andrew Kain Miller embodies the skateboarding slacker in the Dunkin Doughnuts parking lot but with a much better physique.

     
Omicah House as The Beast in MidTangent Production's 'Twinkie and the Beast' at Hydrate Night Club. A scene from MidTangent Production's 'Twinkie and the Beast' at Chicago's Hydrate Night Club in Boystown.
A scene from MidTangent Production's 'Twinkie and the Beast' at Chicago's Hydrate Night Club in Boystown. A scene from MidTangent Production's 'Twinkie and the Beast' at Chicago's Hydrate Night Club in Boystown.

The Beast is played by Omicah House. He wears sky high acrylic platform knee high boots and a nice series of corsets. Mr. House delivers every line with booming ferocity which actually gets to be a bit much when the Beast is supposed to be softening and falling for Swell.

Twinkie and the Beast has fantastic choreography. Every cast member is synchronized and on beat. It was like watching a queer Soul Train-awesome. Not everyone is a great singer in this cast and the music is literally carried by Erin Daly, who is a powerhouse singer. I suspect that she leads her own band or she should anyway.

Although there were sound glitches and several painful feedback moments (that the cast played through in a professional manner), Twinkie and the Beast is still a fun and naughty night on the town. Get a drink from the really cute bartender and settle in for a raucous evening of laughs, one liners, and visual delight!

  
  
Rating: ★★★
  
  

A scene from MidTangent Production's 'Twinkie and the Beast' at Chicago's Hydrate Night Club in Boystown.

The MidTangent production of Twinkie and the Beast runs through April 30th at Hydrate Night Club, with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 9:00pm. Hydrate is located at 3458 N. Halsted (map). Tickets are $10, and can be purchased online or by phone (773-835-0420). More information on their Facebook page. Get there early and take a walk through the neighborhood. It’s beastly fun!

     
     
April 17, 2011 | 0 Comments More