No Strings (Attached)
Written and performed by Sunny Drake, directed by Gein Wong. Until March 26 at Buddies in Bad circumstances, 12 Alexander St. Buddiesinbadtimes and
Before you enter Buddies in Bad TimesвЂ™ Cabaret Space, an usher lovingly hands that you flower. But just as youвЂ™re through the doorway, another usher confiscates it and fingers that you button that says, вЂњ1 Min Romance Sober.вЂќ
This is basically the setup to Sunny DrakeвЂ™s show that is one-man dating and closeness in queer and trans communities. The piece happens when you look at the fictional framework of a вЂњRomance-aholicsвЂќ conference, with Drake playing Jimmy, a filmmaker and activist torn between their modern politics and their dependence on conventional love tales. He addresses the audience as other Romance-aholics, telling us tales of their previous relationships and getting together with video variations of himself.
The style at first comes down as a little cutesy, but this is certainly quickly cut through by the cleverness for the writing and of Gein WongвЂ™s direction, and also by the adult that is no-holds-barred associated with content. In a few minutes, Drake as Jimmy is miming very gymnastic intimate roles while presenting himself towards the market being an вЂњEffeminate-Queer-Pansy-NonMonogamous-SparklyPrincess-SomewhatSluttyKinky-Transsexual-Man.вЂќ
Through the entire show Jimmy narrates his find it difficult to navigate the crazy West of todayвЂ™s scene that is dating. A number of the challenges he faces are specific to their identification as trans: he defines exactly exactly what he calls вЂњthe Craigslist meltdown,вЂќ when someone he meets online canвЂ™t handle the disconnect between his male sex presentation and their genitalia, that are nevertheless fundamentally feminine (though Jimmy, because . Continue reading