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Don’t Frown At The Gown

 

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Guys in Disguise’s latest work continues the company’s storied tradition of delivering excellent drag queen theatre. Don’t Frown at the Gown places four queens in a 1962 bridal boutique. Susan (the bride to be), her best friend Francisca, her traditionalist mother sporting horn-rimmed glasses, and the shop owner Laura Lee butt heads over wedding gown colours, floral arrangements, marital expectations, sexuality, and career aspirations. Most of the show’s jokes succeed not because of a shallow men-in-drag presentation, but because of a sincerity behind the overbearing conservative views Susan’s mother projects on her daughter and the world; They are dated, steeped in the overtly misogynistic views of decades past, and painfully restrictive of Susan’s autonomy, but Laura Lee challenges them with the sass and aplomb of a woman ahead of her time. Don’t Frown at the Gown examines traditional femininity with both the heavy and light touch that’s come to be expected from Guys in Disguise. - Kevin Pennyfeather
EdmontonFringe.ca
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 


 
Total Score
 
 
 
 
 
4/ 5


Reader Rating
11 total ratings

 

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Dates / Times:
  • 3:00 pm - 2018/08/17
  • 5:00 pm - 2018/08/18
  • 9:00 pm - 2018/08/21
  • 5:00 pm - 2018/08/22
  • 7:00 pm - 2018/08/23
  • 5:00 pm - 2018/08/24
  • 9:00 pm - 2018/08/25
  • 5:00 pm - 2018/08/26



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Posted 2018/08/17 by


EdmontonFringe.ca

 


One Review


  1.  
    Marilyn

    Darren was soooo funny as the domineering mother, with her non-stop commentary and opinions as life as she saw and lived it for the times. Trevor tugged at your heartstrings with his breathless, Marilyn Monroe line delivery. The character’s struggle with conventions where a girl’s hopes and aspirations…and love are stomped on and extinguished, as she must conform to a woman’s traditional role. Her mother only reinforces this expectation, oblivious to what’s before her. Jason’s Frankie will leave you hurting for their stolen futures. (And Trevor will make you laugh out loud, despite the character’s forlorn acceptance and sadness of her destiny!





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