Lets start with a tangent shall we. I always hate when reviews only focus on their headlining actor.
Exhibit A. Roundabout Theatre’s current revival of After Miss Julie: all the reviews have focused on Sienna Miller and her amazing-to-some (or stale-to-others) performance, only a handful remembered to mention the likes of Johnny Miller and Marin Ireland without really going into detail on their stage craft. As you get to know me, you will learn I am Marin Ireland’s number one fan! I cursed the day I missed Beebo Brinker Chronicles, but kissed the ground of the day our love affair began during reasons to be pretty and our second date at After Miss Julie … now to The Diary of Anne Frankenstein.
I plead guilty to committing one of my biggest pet peeves, only mentioning the star! I plead guilty to bursting in delight over none other than Mimi Imfurst … drag superstar of the NYC Nightlife, the decadent Underworld, the dive queer karaokes, and she’s a 3 time Glammy and HX Drag Queen of the Year nominee to boot. Yes, I voted for her in the search of the next contestant for Season 2 of RuPaul’s Drag Race (no idea what came out of it) but here’s hoping she ends up being a finalist.
Mimi is playing none other than Anne Frankenstein in the “adaptation”, or as the press notes state, in the absurdist re-imagining of the Mary Shelley classic (The Diary of Anne Frank) by Ilya Sapiroe.
This world premiere production opened October 1st at 13th Street Rep and was scheduled to run until November 8th. This was on my list of shows to go to, but due to an overwhelming Season I was about to miss it. Well the glittery gods have answered our prayers, as the show has now been extended through November 29th.
The Diary of Anne Frankenstein follows Anne, a lowly hermaphroditic Franken-girl (and her companion diary), as she comes of age in the attic of an abandoned genetics laboratory in Bavaria in 1945. After years of peaceful anonymity, Anne’s privacy comes to an end when her cruel and twisted creator, Dr. Gustav Frankenstein, returns to the defunct compound with an eye toward his most fiendish experiment yet – the resurrection of Adolf Hitler!
By the time I bring you a review you will have probably read of the show elsewhere … good thing each opinion is like a snowflake, or should I say in this case — a glitterflake? And I solemnly swear to mention the “Johnny Millers”and “Marin Irelands” of this production.
The show’s schedule is: Oct 1-Nov 8, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9pm, Sundays at 7pm; Sundays Nov. 15, 17 & 29 at 7pm; and Saturday Nov. 28 at 9pm.
13th Street Rep is located at 50 West 13th Street between 5th & 6th Aves (accessible from the F, L, 1 & 9 train)