Review: A Love Letter to Liza

An online evening of songs, stories, and tributes, A Love Letter to Liza celebrates storied triple-threat superstar Liza Minnelli’s 75th Birthday. Well-wishes and remembrances make up the great majority of the evening, delivered with varying levels of eloquence and duration. Jason Alexander’s is probably the most insightful and touching, Jim Caruso’s the most packed with stories. Many of them are quite funny – John Waters wishing he had taken a spontaneous travel suggestion from her, Charles Busch on her amazing understanding of lighting. A personal favorite was Lily Tomlin’s; in addition to her personal tribute, she allows several of her most famous character to greet Liza as well.

There were also performances throughout, most notably Kristen Chenoweth’s rousing, roaring “Maybe This Time” and a tender “Old Friends” from Michael Feinstein. The evening concludes with eye-popping video of cabaret singer Seth Sikes’s très très gay rendition of Minnelli’s hit “Ring Them Bells.” By turns sweet, moving and entertaining, A Love Letter to Liza ends up creating a multidimensional portrait of a performer whose tremendous talent is matched by her enormous generosity. Recommended.

THERE IS ONLY ONE AIRING LEFT, 7 PM ON SUNDAY MARCH 14. For tickets, click here.

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Drama Queen is back!!!!

I’m bringing this blog back to life! A year ago, I thought, as live performance went quiet, I’d have nothing to cover. Then as live streaming of theatrical performance became a thing, I’d occasionally think of posting, especially about queer-related events. But I was held back by the listlessness many of us felt (more on that in a moment).

As the anniversary of my last post (and the day live performance stopped) approached, it seemed like an appropriate time to make myself resume. Reviews will not be the order of the day for the moment. I’ll mostly promote events that I think will be interesting to the people who have been following this blog. I’m happy to be back!

Now about that listlessness. Awhile back a friend of mine posted on Facebook an article about a malaise felt by medieval monks and hermits,. Back then they called it acedia. Here is an excerpt from the article (and link to the full article below that) which makes clear the relevance of acedia to the situation we find ourselves in:

“With some communities in rebooted lockdown conditions and movement restricted everywhere else, no one (well, almost no one) is posting pictures of their sourdough. Zoom cocktail parties have lost their novelty, Netflix can only release so many new series. The news seems worse every day, yet we compulsively scroll through it.

“We get distracted by social media, yet have a pile of books unread. We keep meaning to go outside but somehow never find the time. We’re bored, listless, afraid and uncertain.

“What is this feeling?

“…acedia arose directly out [of] the spatial and social constrictions that a solitary monastic life necessitates. These conditions generate a strange combination of listlessness, undirected anxiety, and inability to concentrate. Together these make up the paradoxical emotion of acedia.”

Full article:

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