Words, Weights, Whatever

Friday, December 26, 2003


Here's my promised review.... (Sorry about the delay, Greg!)

Christmastime is Queer Again is a series of vignettes within a gay bar on Christmas Eve. All are written, acted, and directed by Playwrights 6.

Senor Landers highlights a chance encounter between a young man and his former spanish teacher in the bar's restroom. Though funny at spots, I personally found it the most poignant; the story illustrates wonderfully how far the community has grown since the 70's.

Mother Christmas deals with the reaction between a daughter and mother when the latter comes out that night. I thought it was a nice twist.

All I want for Christmas is what happens when two pairs of friends go after the bartender. The most hilarious of the vignettes (though Esmeralda comes close. See below).

Esmeralda's Gay Christmas portrays the chance encounter between a lone man and Esmeralda, a hispanic woman stopping in before heading home to join her husband and children. Esmeralda steals the show as she brings the meaning of Christmas cheer to the sad and bitter man. I personally liked the twist to why the man is there. Time's have changed, thankfully.

The 5th Golden Ring showcases the reaction of a son's divorced parents when they're tricked to meet him. I found the vignette to be the most serious and dramatic of the six. Though well-acted, I thought it held together and closed the least effectively.

Christmas with the Reagans. Nancy and her brood are welcomed by the bar's drag queen after their car breaks down during a storm. Hmmm. Let's just say you've got to see it to believe it.

Christmastime is Queer Again is playing at The Celebration Theatre.


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