Thursday, March 05, 2009

Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore!

Just went to Penny Arcade’s show and it’s hilarious, cutting, sexy, and eloquent -- sure, there are parts that are annoying, simplistic, or undeveloped (for better and for worse), but all in all it’s a wonderful spectacle and I would definitely recommend catching one of the last three shows if you’re in San Francisco. Getting up on stage during the dance break is definitely a highlight, even though it features some of my least favorite songs in the whole world (“I Will Survive,” "Pride -- A Deeper Love")-- dancing with the rest of the audience and the strippers was a ton of fun, all that sudden connection! When Penny comes into the audience to chat with the lights off, that’s a beautiful and intimate time. And the monologue by the phone receptionist at the brothel is sharp throughout. Some of her insights about the limitations of gay male sexual culture are scathing and intimate. And the part about people with intimacy issues -- I was screaming there. Oh -- and the video where Penny confronts her mother about beating her -- amazing. The show is definitely long (2 ½ hours), but featured cabaret-style so you can get up and walk around with no problems -- and the dancers are beautiful and funny. I don’t agree with what Penny seems to say at the end about how more unity is necessary on the fringe, or that love conquers all, but then this show is strongest when it’s about dissent -- that’s for sure. Go see it, and tell me what you think…

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