|Lotto's "Nativity" (1523)|
Take, for instance, Lorenzo Lotto's "Nativity." Your eye is drawn to Mary and Joseph looking adoringly at the baby Jesus. What you might not notice is the crucifix in the background of the painting. "Isn't that a bit insensitive?" Gadsby asked.
|Goya's "Portrait of the Duchess|
of Alba" (1797)
My score: 4 stars (I loved it and highly recommend it)
|Matt Tedford as Maggie|
This high energy show had us in stitches from start to finish. A sell-out crowd piled into the Assembly Garden theater to the inevitable sound of the Village People's "YMCA." Everyone was dancing in their seats when Maggie took the stage, accompanied by her two shorty-short wearing male sidekicks.
The show was part musical revue, part comedy revolving around the issue of Section 28, a British law that prohibited the promotion of homosexuality--or homosexuality as a "pretended family relationship"--in schools. (The law was repealed in 2000.) The use of songs in the show was brilliant. Perhaps my favorite bits were at the beginning when Thatcher mentioned the topics that would not be discussed that evening. Single parenthood (to the tune of Ace of Base's "All That She Wants [is another baby]") would be left for another day. So would the war in the Falklands ("Don't Cry for Me, Argentina").
Bananarama's lyrics in its ever-popular (???) song "Venus" -- "She's got it, Yeah, baby, she's got it" -- were reflective of the sentiment of the house. Matt Tedman does, indeed, have it in his portrayal of Maggie Queen of Soho.
My score: 3 1/2 stars (really enjoyed it and recommend it)