The Rat’s 6th Year Off to a Great Start!
Thanks go firstly to our knockout performers:
Leila Ben-Abdallah, whipping through a whirlwind of hilarious characters.
Bill Chambers, with a hilarious, grotesque and oddly poignant story of, umm, getting kicked in the jewels, and the healing journey.
Christine Aziz and Leeran, another vocal-piano teamup, but THIS time an on-point and ridiculously funny medley of Broadway-cabaret goddesses, from Celine Dion to Ethel Merman (!) – truly, no business like show business!
Bridget Bose (a founder of dance troupe GPC, below), struck everyone in the heart and soul with a brave, dark solo dance rumination on the all-too-current symbolism of Suffragettes.
Apparently Gregor of Berlin** was pretty darn funny, telling a spooky “German” Halloween story of childhood, marzipan and serial-killer cannibals in sunny Dusseldorf.
And Vinnie and Annie brought it all home with a gigantic sound, big Big Belting!
And of course, host extraordinnaire Jillian Thomas, who was raucously delightful throughout!
Big dankes to the staff and crew: Carter O’brien Ford in the tech booth, with a myriad of looks and sounds to balance and connections to make. Thanks and Welcome Aboard to Jennifer Malbuisson, a truly professional stage manager, who has accepted a role as our permanent SM! Thanks as always to the splendid Diana Van Decker Byrne at the bar, slaking thirsts (and dealing very subtly with certain members of the public… I noticed and thank you, my dear!). Tess Henry of Frigid NY/HT (see below) , working the door and easing things along.
Mr. Mike Tapp running the video camera, smartly as well as unobstrusively – thanks!
A tip o’ the derby as always to my co-producer Rob Dub, with among other attributes spot snap decisions that are absolutely indispensible. Les jeux sont faits!
Special thanks go out to Erez Ziv and everyone at the aforementioned Frigid New York / Horse Trade Theater Group, who do so much to keep independent theater, art and entertainment like Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret alive and thriving in NYC. Mille grazie!
And last but never least, to everyone who came out and SOLD OUT the house, packing Under St Marks Theatre, watching, listening, responding, hooting, laughing, gasping, roaring and loving the show: THANK YOU ALL.
See everyone next time, next Rat on the next Second Saturday: Nov. 10, 10:30pm!
**disclaimer: “Gregor” played by yours truly, Gregory Levine