At long last the wait is almost over. The free performance will deliver highly rehearsed, distinctly arranged cover tunes in the service of a golden-throated master of madcap physical improv, a drag queen who feels no special need to look pretty.
As the band plays, Martha, the alter ego of actor-singer-comedian Dito van Riegersberg, works the room, exploiting its particular features with impressive physical agility for a big man.
No two shows are alike, but a typical shtick involves Martha getting herself in an awkward physical jam, akin to a Good trapped in a tree, as the band plays on defiantly, eyeing the star with disdain.
This builds audience empathy, van Riegersberg explained in Nee phone interview, which makes the audience more accepting of being part of the joke. A defining piece about the group in Philadelphia magazine recounts a bit in which Martha perched herself on a bar and ensnared a middle-aged man by his neck between her legs.
Doors open at 6: Admission is first come, first serve, with no assigned seating.
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