Saturday, May 09, 2009

Faux Real

FAUX REAL with Monique Jenkinson/Fauxnique
Climate Theater

How to describe this? It's a drag queen act, but the performer is female. Call it meta-drag, perhaps. In a strange echo of last week's Met box office line, a friend & I lined up at the Climate Theater on Thursday for a chance at the 20 pay-what-you-can tickets for the sold-out show. It's an evening of intensely physical performance pieces by Monique Jenkinson, who changes into one outrageous outfit after another, lip syncs to everything from punk rock to Maria Callas, dances in every type of footwear & challenges us to tell truth from lies & the real from...well, everything is real, isn't it?

The show is a hoot, & Fauxnique keeps coming at you with one non-stop number after another. She was often panting between numbers, & I felt exhausted just watching. Her formidable dance technique really came to the fore in the 2nd half, when she did an acrobatic number in platform heels as well as a ballet number en pointe. The pieces work as both homage & subversion, & the last number, to Rufus Wainwright's "Poses", gave the show a bit of necessary thoughtfulness. The lively audience was vocal & supportive & had a great time.

If you missed Fauxnique this time, you can catch her in New York City at the New Museum at the end of the month.


L. Strether said...

Wow- how did I miss this?

Axel Feldheim said...

I nearly missed this one myself. If I hear about future appearances by Fauxnique, I'll let you know!

The Opera Tattler said...

I'm sad to have missed this one as well, acrobatics and outrageous outfits, sakes alive!

Axel Feldheim said...

And there was even opera in it! I believe the Tattler would have enjoyed it.