“An offbeat, mind-blowing fantasia on identity, taboo romance, and queer culture circa 1930.”
“One of the most wildly ambitious, inspired theatrical endeavors I’ve seen on an Off Off Broadway stage. Bursting with an excess of ideas and passion.”
“The score is an appealing mix of period jazz, swing, cabaret, Tin Pan Alley, and operetta. The lyrics, melodies, and orchestrations are surprisingly rich and sophisticated.”
“No less compelling is the attention to historical detail. Dialogue is meticulously sprinkled with colorful period queer slang, like “dropping pins” (hinting about one’s homosexuality), “Vaseline Alley” (the Southeast corner of Central Park where the fairies gathered), “basketeering” (ogling a guy’s crotch), and “browning” (I’ll let you figure that one out).”
Gay City News is first out the gate with its review of Speakeasy. David Kennerley came to our first preview, which was rather rough after a difficult tech (things have come together much much better in the ensuing performances) and even so, he gives Speakeasy a pretty positive and constructive review.
Photos: Peter Welch