Shakespeare writes, All the worlds a stage. In the comedy She Stoops to Comedy, David Greenspan writes, The worlds a fuckin drag show. Greenspan conjures up all those odd Elizabethan theatrical conventions in his wild show-within-a-show.
At the center of the story is Alexandra, a lesbian actress who wants to win back Alison, her lover, in a decidedly Shakespearean manner. Alexandra auditions for the role of Orlando in a production of As You Like Itin which Alison is playing Rosalind. Greenspans story puts Alexandra off stage, in the bathroom, for a good part of the play, because its there that shes getting herself up in drag. The fact that the role of Alexandra is actually played by a man is, of course, a nod to the Elizabethan theater, in which all characters, including females, were played by men.
Houston, TX 77011
Region: East End
It all comes to life today in this show from Unhinged Productions, which plays with time and space while pushing gender-bending to an extreme. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. April 24, April 25 and May 1. Through May 1. Freneticore Theater, 5102 Navigation. For information, call 832‑250‑7786 or visit www.comeunhinged.com. $20 to $30.
Fridays-Sundays. Starts: April 8. Continues through May 1, 2011