Jeff Smith 9 a.m., May 24
Pageant: The Beauty Pageant Musical
This year's Miss Glamouresse Beauty Pageant's at Cygnet Theatre. So, as M.C. Frankie Cavalier shouts, "Let the beauty begin!" The musical satirizes beauty contests (and the hoops women must run through in the endless quest for "beauty") with a twist. Judges in the audience determine the nightly winner. Plus, the six women are men in drag. The book, by Bill Russell and Frank Kelly, is uneven. Set pieces depend on the performer to make them go. Phil Johnson's ardent M.C., and a game cast doing silly things with admirable sincerity keep things moving through the rough spots. Credit to James Vasquez's precise direction and choreography, Peter Herman's wigs and make-up, Shirley Pierson's swanky costumes, and Michael McKeon's appropriately goofy props, among them the world's largest tube of lipstick.
Worth a try.
- Cost: $37 - $64 | Buy tickets
When: Ongoing until Sunday, August 31, 2014
- Sundays, 2pm & 7pm
- Wednesdays, 7:30pm
- Thursdays, 7:30pm
- Fridays, 8pm
- Saturdays, 3pm & 8pm
- "A beauty contest with a twist" (July 20, 2014)