The Gay Agenda


By Joseph Hassan

Friday, December 19: Tonight's a tough call for Manhattan homosexuals. Singer-songwriter and 2008 Out 100 honoree Our Lady J performs The Gospel of Dolly at The Zipper Factory at 9:30 PM and 11:30 PM EST. Known for her personalized gospel style and her ability to tickle the ivories and your funny bone (yes, we said it), the trans chanteuse showcases some of the most beloved music from Dolly Parton with support from the Pink Champagne Orchestra. Tonight is also 2008's last Boys' Night performance of Fuerza Bruta -- you know, that powerhouse show boasting ripped performers who grind and groove together in a giant mylar pool above the audience. It's been described as an "Argentine nightclub on acid," which, if you've ever been to Argentina, is certainly saying something. Tonight's Boys' Night performance begins at 10:30 PM EST (get there early) with tickets available through the Fuerza Bruta site. And expect to do some grinding of your own.

Saturday, December 20: The New England premiere engagement of The Receptionist at Providence's Trinity Repertory Company holds special meaning for gay playwright Adam Bock, who spent more than ten years living in the Ocean State and actually worked at Trinity Rep as a receptionist. The tale begins with a look into the life of said cheerful receptionist as she gleefully fields phone calls, but then takes a sudden turn, shifting into a dark, high-gear mystery. Details and tickets for tonight's 7:30 PM EST show are available through The Trinity Repertory Company.

Sunday, December 21: Bostonians have an opportunity to jump down the rabbit hole by catching an unconventional take on another fairy tale classic. This time it's Alice's Adventures Underground, an adaptation of Lewis Carroll's iconic Wonderland stories. The show, put on by the Underground Railway Theater, was written by the playhouse's artistic director, Deborah Wise, draws many uncanny parallels between human behavior and Carroll's characters, and features outrageous puppetry and virtuoso performances from a dynamic ensemble of actors. More information and tickets are available here. Performances are at 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM EST.