Marga Gomez may be a liar, but she’s a damn funny one. Within the opening minutes of Not Getting Any Younger, her new solo show performed last weekend as part of the 2011 Dixon Place HOT! Festival, the pioneering lesbian comic ‘fesses up –- she plays fast and loose with her real age.
But her pain is our gain. In a high-octane performance that would wear out even the most athletic contestant on So You Think You Can Dance, Gomez careens from one side of the stage to another while sharing her hilarious observations about growing older. From infancy (the Latina funny lady recounts how the lullaby lyrics “when the bow breaks, the cradle will fall” caused her great worry) to childhood (Gomez as a little girl asked for an ant farm, but her mother refused, saying, “We’re not paying for bugs. Go play with the cucarachas”) to adulthood (she hates when an ex-lover teases by saying, “Oh, Marga, everybody knows you’re dating Lady Clairol”), the San Francisco-based comedian makes the case that if you have to grow older, you might as well do it with laughter.
Not Getting Any Younger
Written and performed by Marga Gomez
Originally directed at The San Francisco Marsh by Ellen Sebastian Chang
For information about upcoming performances, see www.margagomez.com.
The 20th Annual Dixon Place HOT! Festival, the oldest, continually running queer festival in the world, continues until Saturday, August 6, 2011. For more information, go to www.dixonplace.org
Dixon Place Experimental Theater
161A Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002
Tel: 212 219-0736
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