Sunday, April 23, 2006

Drama Queen- This Month's Theatre

So on Thurs off to see Ernesto Tomasini’s one man show THE VEILED SCREEN(A Secret History of Hollywood!) This clever piece portrayed the history of queer cinema from Allah Nazzimova’s, all gay, silent, production of Salome right up to last years Oscar winner Brokeback Mountain. In between, touching on, 40’s musicals, Doris Day Comedies, Horror and exploitation Films. Although it was undoubtedly a clever piece of theatre it was difficult to appreciate the show when you are sat in an audience of only 7 with the star and only performer less than 3 feet away! Even worse for my friend Michael who was dragged on stage to play a victim in the psycho pastiche, at one point I thought he might actually die but from embarrassment rather that at the hands of Norman Bates! With a bigger venue and more importantly a bigger audience I’m sure Mr Tomasini’s show would have been a triumph but when performed in the laps of an audience of 7 it doesn’t really work.

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Katherine said...

I saw the show, too. It was a packed house and it was an amazing night! You must have been unlucky to see it on a quiet evening as the audience partecipation was essential to that show. Tomasini's charisma, voice and dexterity are truly remarkable. His show was funny, thought-provoking and poignant. The perfect antidote to the empty superficiality of most mainstream entertainment. Greetings
Katherine