February 25, 2013

FRIGID New York is Heating Up!

I said BRR! It's cold in here!
There must be some FRIGID in the atmosphere!

FRIGID New York is off to a terrific start! We've made it through one week of nonstop independent theater and we've got one more to go. The bad news is that I did not emerge without a nasty cold. After the stress of opening night left me, but immune system decided to flip me the bird and fill my heart and soul with mucus. I managed to make it through Show #3 without a hitch, and after a day of rest I expect I'll be rarin' to go for #4 tomorrow night.

The good news is that it's been totally worth it. I'm having a truly swell time and meeting some wonderful artists from all over the globe. I didn't manage to get to any other shows until Saturday night, when I saw "The God Box" following my own show. But yesterday I took myself for a heavy duty day at the theater, watching a whopping four shows before going to perform my own. I regret nothing. I made some excellent choices, including "A Day in the Life of Miss Hiccup", "Commencing", and "iMime: There's an App for That" (My FRIGID favorite, thus far.)

On Saturday night, I was greeted by a glowing review of "VGL 5'4" Top" on Backstage.com. I had a diva moment and had to put my coworker's going away party on pause to squeal.

Focused and engaged throughout the 45-minute show, Brooks unselfconsciously performs in nothing but shoes, socks, and underwear for most it, coming across both vulnerable and cheeky under Matthew Klein’s fleet direction. Even as cues in Erin Breznitsky’s crucial sound design were repeatedly flubbed, he carried on with determination, letting nothing interfere with his connection with the audience. Brooks treats his subject and its mechanics with welcome candor and has a refreshing lack of embarrassment for having had so many sexual partners that he long ago stopped counting their number. His musings on relationships are free of fantasy, and his accounts of several failed ones amuse. He ultimately decides that he’s “got a lot of work to do on me before I can even think about we,” but I’m not so sure about that. I’d call him a catch.
The thrill continued this afternoon when Theatre is Easy had even more friendly words for me:
Brooks is animated and smart and the progression of his argument is prodded along by prompts from his computer as he signs up for an online dating profile (“age,” “height,” “relationship status,” etc.). His writing is intelligent and insightful and sometimes pretty funny... Here’s to hoping that Lucas can reach the people that need to hear what he has to say. It’s a bit odd to put it this way, but the ideal audience for VGL 5’4” TOP consists of shallow and judgmental gay men. So, if you think you fit that description…you should go see this show, right? Unfortunately, I have a feeling he’ll spend most of his time preaching to the choir.
Don't I know it. Before my first performance I was haunted by a deep frustration due to a severe lack of support from the gay community. I realized in the couple of days before my opening that almost every LGBT writer and publication I had reached out to for publicity had ignored me. I followed up with several of them, but most apparently decided that my work was not of interest to them. It's extremely upsetting, but at the same time I feel like it also backs up a lot of things I'm saying in "VGL" as well as reinforcing the entire text of "Fame Whore." 

But it's not all that bad. This morning I woke up to a Facebook shoutout from my idol David Drake after he discovered my mention of him in my interview on StageBuzz.com. I can think of few things that are more rewarding than that.

So stay tuned! We have two more performances left, with the possibility of a Hangover (extension) next week! If you've seen my show and want to see me get extended, write a review on the Frigid website, and vote for me in the Audience Choice Awards!

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