Wednesday, July 25, 2018

8 - Dangerous When Wet: Booze, Sex, and My Mother - Jamie Brickhouse - Augsburg Studio

A sodomite's wickedly intoxicating odyssey from small-town sissy to louche Manhattanite as he hits alcoholic bottom and discovers he can’t escape the all-consuming love of his Texas tornado of a mother Mama Jean.

When someone sends you a press release saying, “I’m bringing my sodomite solo show to the Minnesota Fringe Festival,” you can bet it’s probably one of the gayest things you’ll see this year.  And after looking at the teaser video for the show, I’m sold.

He also says “mothers LOVE my show” so I probably have to bring Mom to see it as well.

The show’s gotten all kinds of positive critical notice in New York.  This excerpt from his Fringe page will give you a taste of this stage adaptation of his memoir:

“From the age of five stuck in Beaumont, Texas, all Jamie wanted was to be at a cocktail party with a martini in one hand and a cigarette in the other. All Mama Jean wanted was to keep him at that age, her Jamie doll forever. A Texan Elizabeth Taylor with the split personality of Auntie Mame and Mama Rose, she never had a thought she didn’t speak. Mama Jean cast a long shadow throughout Jamie’s life, no matter how deep in booze he swam or how far away from her amid New York’s drinking set he strayed. She unwittingly saves him as he discovers the meaning of love—Mama Jean’s kind of love.”

I don’t need it to be much gayer than that to entice me to go, but if you do, the show was directed by David Drake, who got an Obie Award back in the day for writing and performing his own one-man show The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me.

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