Dickie Beau – Blackouts: Twilight of the Idols

  • Nightlife
  • Cabaret and burlesque
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This is the drag show at the end of the world. Radically yet faithfully engaging the form's classical tropes – tragic female icons of vanity, self-sufficiency, beauty and despair – Dickie Beau distills and compresses them into something sharp and glittering, yearning and forlorn, as compelling and fantastical as gender or a dream. Given unique access to one of Marilyn Monroe's final interviews and drawing on Judy Garland's tape recordings in anticipation of a memoir she never wrote, he lip-synchs to the spoken words with uncanny, expressive precision, exploring fame, exile, narcissism, despair and humanity. Beau's idols are boiled down to a couple of signifiers – Marilyn's blonde wave and halterneck, Judy's pigtails and basket – added to a consistent Crawfordy-Pierrot visage hinting at a common denominator of sadness in the service of entertainment shared by Piaf, Marlene, Britney and Amy Winehouse. Found sound has never seemed so revelatory.

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norman gosney

In addition to the flawless lip-synch, channeling and mesmerizing multiple-personality meldings we have come to expect from,Dickie, this show also boasts some of the best stagecraft and use of tech i've seen in a one-man show...really a new bench mark for all such work: impressive, effective, a huge emotional impact. Bravo Dickie, and go see this show, no excuses!