So, About Last Night…

16 08 2008

Famous last words? In this case, yes. Last night we were treated to the very true, and very hilarious war stories of someone who has said, or thought, that phrase many a time: 52 to be exact. I’m talking about 52 Man Pickup, a hilarious one woman show that’s currently airing as part of the New York Fringe Festival.

First, on the Fringe Festival: WOW. That’s all there really is to say about the Fringe Festival, I think. Saying more would be wasting valuable time that could be spent enjoying the various and fantastic plays that are popping up all over the city during August (it runs until the 24th).  The number (and quality) of the shows is simply overwhelming and sort of leaves me speechless, and trying to figure out which shows to see next.  It is, in short, “the largest multi-arts festival in North America, with more than 200 companies from all over the world performing for 16 days in more than 20 venues.” I repeat: WOW.

So I will stick to one show, one woman (and one “Gay on Piano”) and 52 cards. Comedienne extraordinaire Desiree Burch, is fabulous, from the moment she takes the stage, clad in a bustier and sucking a lollipop to the very end. And in between is the side-splitting hilarity of her forays into the New York, um… social scene where she, um… interacts with firemen, editors, aspiring musicians, male cheerleaders, and a whole lotta Daves. With a little help from Daniel Ajl Kitrosser, the fabulous “Gay on Piano” and a little help from the audience, Ms. Burch details some of the most salacious stories of the theat-ah, and elicits some of the most gutteral laughs along with it. We laughed, we winced, and a fabulous time was had by all.

52 Man Pickup is playing at The Jazz Gallery: 8/14 @ 7:45, 8/18 @ 9:15, 8/20 @ 5:30, 8/21@10 and 8/23@3