The Gay Mafia: Nu-Queer Winter

In the old Mickey and Judy movie musicals, "Hey, kids, let's put on a show!" provided sufficient purpose to get them through the final credits, but in the real world one hopes for something a little more substantial. It's not that the Gay Mafia (Starr Ahrens, Alex Garner, Kurt Hall, Nancy Kissam, actor-director Mike Player, Mark Rakow, Allie Rivenbark, and Diana Yanez) are less able than most of the sketch-comedy troupes around. The friendly audience was beaming happily, and the sketches targeted all the usual suspects: Senator Larry Craig singing "I'm the Bottom if You're the Top!," a song about breasts sung by a Titty Bear, and a trio of lesbian musicians called the Menses Minstrels, celebrating the winter solstice by hymning the glory of simultaneous menstruation. There's a Reverend Ted Haggard call-in show, interrupted by a phone call from Haggard's furious wife, and a crack about Oral Roberts University. The cast are bright and energetic, and the material is fairly amusing but so evanescent that two days later I could barely remember it. Going through my mind at the end was a familiar British locution: "What's this in aid of?" Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Dec. 19. Continues through Jan. 23, 2007

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