Holding: A Queer Black Love Story
Wednesday, July 12 at Secret Project Robot, 9 pm: FREE (donation suggested)
This performance is presented as part of queer, trans, POC-centric collective BUFU’s month of community programming, available in full on their website. Created and performed by Alex Farr and Kimiko Matsuda-Lawrence, Holding explores the ways one can tell a queer black love story in 2017, particularly in these more precarious political times. Prioritizing the powerful nature of being soft and kind to others, the show states, “We name our tenderness as an act of resistance—intimate resistance that should be celebrated, protected, and cared for.”
After the performance, the artists will stick around for a talkback discussion, unlike a certain David Mamet who recently said he would fine artistic groups $25,000 if they dared to publicly discuss his work after a production of it.
Thursday, July 13 at UCB Chelsea, 8 pm: $7
You may have enjoyed spending time slacking off from work, electing to scroll through Reductress headlines instead of enter information into spreadsheets or whatever it is people with Actual Jobs do with their days. But maybe, after hours of feeling personally attacked by all of their satirical-yet-relatable content and even reading through their book, you want more of an in-person experience. Well, you may be pleased to hear that popular women’s satire site Reductress has a real live show of their own. And you can see it this Thursday!
This week’s edition of the recurring comedy show is hosted by Taryn Englehart and Jasmine Pierce, and features sets by Jena Friedman, Janelle James, Christi Chiello, and Ariel Elias.
July 12-15 at New Ohio Theater, 7 pm: $20
Some popular performance tropes guaranteed to get people talkin’ (and hopefully, tickets sold) include parodies of well-known pieces of media and casting that deviates from the types of bodies that are expected to be playing notable roles. As it turns out, True Right, the latest show to be presented at the New Ohio Theater’s Ice Factory Festival, has both of these.
To break it down for you: True Right is a sort-of version of Sam Shepard’s play True West, a Pulitzer Prize finalist that typically stars two white men as brothers and at one point also included twenty functioning toasters on stage. I am not so sure about the toasters, but True Right abandons these human casting conventions in favor of two women of color, Brittany Allen and Gemma Kaneko, who also created the show alongside Adin Lenahan. Oh, and on top of that they’re also playing George and Jeb Bush. Make sense? Sort of? Well, see the play I guess.
MTA Love Poems
Saturday, July 15 at City Reliquary, 7 pm: $5
Ah, the subway. Everyone has something to say about it, and things have gotten so bad that it was recently declared to be in a state of emergency! If you’ve had relationships that could be described in the very same way, perhaps you might be interested in this zine release party and comedy show, entitled MTA Love Poems.
The zine itself consists of poems by Kady Ruth Ashcraft and illustrations by Layla Kenney. It will be available for purchase at the event, but that’s not all that’s going on. To alleviate your crushed spirits about how truly dismal the state of the subways are to the point that they’re somehow prioritizing “instructional mats” to get people to stand in more efficient places instead of other improvements, “transit-related” stand-up sets will happen from comics like Josh Gondelman, Joel Kim Booster, Alyssa Limperis, and Alise Morales. Hopefully you don’t get delayed on the way there and miss the show. Maybe take a bus?
Conversations With Claywoman
Sunday, July 16 at Pangea, 7:30 pm: $15 advance, $20 doors
If you had the chance to chat with a hulking prehistoric woman made of clay, what would you say? Well, whatever ideas you have you’ll have to keep to yourself, as you won’t be the one having the latest Conversations With Claywoman, an offbeat talk show-esque performance starring a “500 million year old interstellar enigma.”
The latest to share the stage with this curious character is Cole Escola, a strange and charismatic fixture of the cabaret and comedy scenes who was recently profiled for The New York Times about his character-laden career and affinity for wigs of many shapes and sizes. If you’ve been yearning to ask either Escola or a really old woman from another planet a question, now is the time, my friends.