Theater in the City with Raven Snook: Push, Push for the Bush!
With all the buzz about impeaching the President (at least in my circles), I’m thrilled to see that his most glamorous supporters, Billionaires For Bush, have not abandoned him. The satirical troupe whose members never let on that it’s an act (they’ve outraged many a liberal who thought they were serious) don tuxes, gowns and rhinestone jewels as they literally sing Dubya’s praises on stage and in the streets (they were everywhere during the RNC). Their new theatrical show, The Billionaire Follies in Spring Bling! (Ace of Clubs inside Acme, 9 Great Jones St., Saturdays March 18-April 15) follows on the well-heeled heels of their Christmas extravaganza, Dick Cheney’s Holiday Spectacular!, and they have lots of new Republican successes to gush about (Dick Cheney’s aim, Bush’s port security plans, etc.). Each evening has its own, self-explanatory theme (“Scandals Night,” “The Big Tax Day Blowout”) and features interactive games (“Pin the Brain on the President,” “He Said What?”) as well as filthy-rich performances. There’s no Democratic whining here. B4B gets its point across with a lot of pointed political humor.
My fabulously freaky friends at the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus are doing a Winter Cabaret (Galapagos Art Space, 70 N. 6th St., Williamsburg, Fridays March 17-April 28) filled with eclectic circus, sideshow, vaudeville, burlesque and musical acts. Although some of their bits are pretty raunchy (they’ve been featured on HBO’s Real Sex), they don’t want to alienate the kiddies. That’s why Bindlestiff founders Keith Nelson and Stephanie Monseu launched Bindlestiff’s Cavalcade of Youth (Henry Street Settlement/Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St., March 26 and April 2) — a variety show created and performed by children age 6 to 20 — so they can pass the torch (and trapezes, whips and shtick) to the next generation.
Sometimes a good title is all you need to get attention and when I read the name of monologist Josh Lefkowitz’s one-man opus, Help Wanted: A Personal Search for Meaningful Employment at the Start of the 21st Century (Access Theater, 380 Broadway, March 15-April 2) I knew I was going to give it some ink. Luckily the actual show and Lefkowitz’s performance are as impressive as that insanely lengthy title. His valentine to the late, great Spalding Gray, this autobiographical solo piece chronicles Lefkowitz’s underemployed, post-college life as he looks for money, meaning and a meeting with his Wooster Group idol. Although this twentysomething performer is clearly following in Gray’s footsteps, let’s hope he doesn’t follow his hero off the Staten Island Ferry, too.