January 27, 2013

Tell It To Me, Tawny

After living in a big city for so many years, it's easy to forget how lucky you really are. A very small percentage of the world's population will have to opportunity to see their idol perform live, and even fewer will be able to meet them in person after the show. But last night I remembered how grateful I really am to live in New York City and have a chance to see David Drake in his latest theatrical endeavor, "Tawny, Tell Me True."

When I was a senior in high school, I competed in forensics with a selection from his one-man show "The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me." This was the piece that first made me want to be a solo performer, and has been the main driving force behind "VGL 5'4" Top" and "Fame Whore." It's both hysterical and heavy, covering every element that made up gay culture in the 80s and early 90s: coming out, pop music, the gym, cruising, the AIDS epidemic, etc.

"Tawny, Tell Me True," however, is in a completely vein. In this campy drag cabaret, Drake portrays 80s one-hit wonder Tawny Heatherton in her long-awaited tell-all. Unlike the piece that Drake is most famous for, this one is incredibly light and fluffy, full of Tawny's adventures in child stardom, alien abduction, and much, much more. While definitely not as iconic as "The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me," "Tawny" was a sheer joy from start to finish, and I am absolutely thrilled that I had the pleasure of  seeing her in person.

While my days as a stage door whore are, for the most part, finito, I absolutely could not leave without meeting David Drake face to face. I didn't get to gush as thoroughly as my id would have liked me to, but I did have a fangirl moment where I whipped out my copy of "Larry Kramer" and begged for requested an autograph.

This might be my new most prized possession.

Unfortunately, I was not able to see Tawny until her closing night, and there are no future bookings currently scheduled. But if I were you, I'd keep my eyes and ears peeled, because there's no telling when Tawny Heatherton will be coming to a town near you!

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