Friday 10 August 2012 | By Sarah Richardson
ED2012 Theatre Review: Boy In A Dress (Critical Mass / The Stand Comedy Club)
Part cabaret, part comedy, part autobiographical theatre: this is a show which, like its protagonist, defies categorisation. La JohnJoseph, the “boy” from the title, is a transdrogynous former New York stripper and fashion model. He is also a lapsed Catholic who grew up on a Liverpool council estate and, as a child, was mistaken for a girl in the local Woolworths. This story of his struggle with and against identity is at times extremely funny, often thought provoking, and almost always entertaining. He combines song, striptease and philosophy to clever effect. The delivery was not always perfect, and some scenes felt overly drawn out, but overall this is an enjoyable show by an arresting and captivating performer.
The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 2 – 26 Aug (not 13), 4.20pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Sarah Richardson]