Thursday, November 29, 2018

The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret takes the drag sensation to another level

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 1:00 AM

click to enlarge The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret, 8 p.m., Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., $24,
  • The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret, 8 p.m., Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., $24,
Anyone who’s seen a drag show knows the art of drag must always be larger than life. In the sensation lies the appeal, after all. Well, the sensation and the pure delight of watching a queen own her stage, and own the audience while she’s at it. But a Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret takes that sensation to the next level. With her band, Martha Graham Cracker performs a variety of music of all eras and genres, with plentiful classic rock and pop — “familiar songs in unfamiliar ways, or weird mashups,” says Dito van Reigersberg, who portrays Martha Graham Cracker onstage. Performed in a cabaret style, this show offers an opportunity for audience interaction and connection (watch out, front row), and Martha Graham Cracker’s playful personality will undoubtedly shine through. Van Reigersberg described his character in a Q&A with UCCS’ Artists Series in November: “She is the tallest, hairiest drag queen in the world. She is a flirt. She likes to confuse you. She is clumsy. She makes mistakes. She wears her heart on her sleeve. She is quick-witted. She likes polysyllabic words. She is honest. She is outspoken.”
Before the main performance, the audience can attend a prologue lecture at 2:30 p.m., where van Reigersberg will discuss the art of cabaret. Cabaret represents a long-standing tradition, and van Reigersberg says it’s more valuable to audiences now than ever. “I think live performance is still a place and time when you can’t avoid the messy joy of communal human contact — it seems an antidote for the alienating, virtual world we find ourselves living in.”

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