Talk about Their Vaginas
Opening Saturday October 30 and running until Saturday December 18
Friday and Saturday Nights Only
Show on Halloween - October 31
(excluding Karaoke night on Sat. Nov. 13 and Sat. Dec. 11)
8 pm $15 or pwyc
eye - 11.11.04
Puss 'n' booty
DRAG QUEENS TALK ABOUT THEIR VAGINAS
Featuring Philip Cairns, James Cairns. Written and directed by Durango
Miller. To Dec 18. Fri-Sat 8pm. PWYC/$15 sugg. Paddy's Playhouse at
Take a Walk on
the Wildside, 161 Gerrard E. 416-921-6112.
That utilitarian title is just about the only subtle element to Drag
Talk About Their Vaginas, a deeply silly but tremendously amiable
playing at Paddy's Playhouse till December. The programme describes
DQTATV -- with
tongue firmly in cheek, one hopes -- as "a contemplation of modern
[sic] obsession with superficial vanity and the tragic consequences
for what is impossible to attain."
But in case that sounds really scary, DQTATV also features a lot
jokes. As Maude Lebowski says in the Coen Brothers' movie The Big
is a "strongly vaginal" work. Philip Cairns plays Busty
Gobbler, a drag queen
who becomes obsessed with vaginas as a replacement for her lost --
guessed right -- pussycat. There's also a subplot, about a vain, self-obsessed
drag queen named Carmalita (Fredy Basri), who may or may not have
killed Busty's pussy -- stop me if maybe you see where this going
turned it into a (yes, I know) "furry muff."
The only sensible reaction to that joke, in normal circumstances,
would be to
turn and flee, leaving only a puffy cloud in your seat, Road Runner-style.
But there's something so warm-hearted, energetic and funny about the
troupe that you're completely willing to forgive it all: the inherent
of their performances, the antiquity of the play's premise and the
most of the gags are roughly coeval with the Big Bang. (It doesn't
that the costuming, courtesy of the Take a Walk on the Wildside boutique
downstairs from the theatre, is ravishing.)
The thing is, I can't remember the last time I felt better coming
out of a
piece of Toronto theatre than I did on the way in. Most plays in this
weigh you down like stale cake; DQTATV, by comparison, is a perfect
It turns out that this musty old piece of pantomime, performed in
living room -- short and sweet at 55 minutes -- may just be the most
near-hour of theatre playing in the city. Toronto: you have been warned.
Lyla and Busty
Director/Playwright: Durango Miller
Musical Director: Seraphim
Assistant Director (also assisting with Stage Management): Glenn Walsh
DRAG QUEENS TALK ABOUT THEIR VAGINAS
The play is a comedy about a drag queen named Busty Gobbler who is
traumatized by losing her cat and who let's her imagination run away
with her when she becomes obsessed with vaginas as a replacement for
her pussycat. Many ridiculous slapstick screwball things happen as
Busty's best drag friend Lyla Munch tries to help her get a grip on
herself. The play is a contemplation of modern societies obsession
with superficial vanity and the tragic consequences of striving for
what is impossible to attain. The play is one hour in length, and
there are four actors and four musical numbers.
Lyla: James Cairns
Carmalita: Fredy Basri
Nun: Andrea Burck
Paddy Aldridge (owner of Wildside)
graduated from Ryerson Theater School and less than two years later
started Take A Walk On The Wildside. Her love of Theater was put to
the side for 18 years. Paddy is so glad to have the opportunity for
a theater at Wildside because this is something she enjoys. Come on
down and enjoy Paddy’s Playhouse with her!
Playwright/Director Durango Miller is an artist who has done motion
picture set decoration ("How 2 Lose A Guy in 10 Days" for
Paramount Pictures); theatre set design ("Cloud Tectonics"
Glen Morris Theatre); on-set stills photography (13 weeks of the Canadian
sitcom "Lord Have Mercy" for Vision Television/Leda Serene
Films); and television videography ("Fashion Cares" for
Rogers Television). His photographs have been distributed around the
world by the Canadian Press newswire service, and printed in numerous
publications, including The Toronto Star, Art Focus Magazine, Xtra,
Canadian Screenwriter Magazine, Caribbean She Magazine, and New York
Native. He is also the director/screenwriter of the motion picture
"A Fine Romance". His next play will be "The Nymphomanic
Must Die" in the spring of 2005. Durango Miller is a member of
the Playwrights Guild of Canada.
I was born in Jakarta, starting my career as a model (with Carrie
Model Asia) and dancer (Studio 26) in Jakarta, Indonesia. I've done
lots of commercials in Indonesia (please refer to my resume) as well
as print ads. I moved to Switzerland to study Hospitality Management
at Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, in Lausanne, Switzerland, and graduated
as MHA (master in hospitality administration) in 2002.
Hesitating to go back to my home country, I decided to migrate to
Canada in 2003. I landed and stayed in Montreal for 1 year before
moving to Toronto 4 months ago (starting on May 1 2004), and decided
to become a full time actor. Right now, I am busy with musical productions
with some theatres in GTA for the upcoming show this year and next
So far, I've done 1 TV series (Queer As Folks Episode 404, as Jordan)
1 musical theatre (Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat,
as Judah) and 1 operetta ("Trial By Jury", as a Jury Man)
within 4 month-period of being an actor in Toronto.
Andrea has played a number of male characters in the past, and is
thrilled to get to be a girl in this show! She recently appeared in
A Midsummer Night's Dream for Right Off the Farm Productions, playing
Egeus and Peter Quince. Favourite roles have included Toinette, the
saucy maid in The Imaginary Invalid, Capri in Short Attention Span
Theatre at the Tim Sims Playhouse, and the precocious Shirley Talley
in Fifth of July. She has also had roles in a number of independent
and student films; her best character name so far has to be Breast
THEATRE: Hamilton Fringe, Toronto Fringe, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre,
Nightwood Theatre, DNA Theatre, Tempest Theatre, Queere Shakespeare
(TAGLARC), Upstart Crow Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Solar Stage, Theatre
Offstage, Bushwack Theatre & Magic Circus Theatre (Peterborough).
FILM & T.V. : Fluff, Most
Guys Today, Transparent: In Through the Out Door, God, Of Urban Myths
and Other Stories, Metal Messiah, Game Attics & Hack Kerouac.
T.V. Commercials: Roadrunner Internet,
Ontario Big Game Lottery.
Never one to be type casted, James
has previously appeared on stage, as the sex crazed stoner Buff in
M.Y.T.'s "Suburbia." The sexually confused teenager Jonathan
in Integrity Entertainment's "Taken." His film credits include:
Moe, the muslim in "The Hotel Room," and the abusive brother
in, "The Long Journey." Now, he's the sarcastic drag queen,
Miss Lyla Munch. Where he goes from here...nobody knows.
Seraphim is a Toronto-based singer, songwriter, playwright and arts
journalist. Possessed of a startling 5 octave vocal range, Seraphim
blends classical, pop, jazz and blues elements into intimate songs
of human condition.
His one-man play, My Name Is Not
Barbra, was first produced in 1996, and has enjoyed successful runs
in that Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal. My Name Is Not Barbra was
the first production for Paddy Aldridge’s new Wildside Living
Room Theatre (formerly the Transgender Living Room Theatre) this past
Theatre credits include: Fire,
directed by Brian Richmond and starring Thea Gill (Queer as Folk),
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (as Titania), and A Moment of Existence.
Seraphim was the featured vocalist
on the soundtrack for Out: Stories of Lesbian and Gay Youth, a National
Film Board of Canada production, with Aaron Davis from the Holly Cole
Trio. His debut cd, Seraphymns, was released in 2002, and the song
Let Yourself In was included on the Fabulous Gay Tunes Volume 2 CD
in 2003. His next album, Tongues, is due out in 2005.
Seraphim is a frequent contributor
to Xtra! Magazine.
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