An Encounter with Justin Vivian Bond

Posted by The G on March 14, 2011 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

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Justin Bond and Geoffrey Dicker

Justin Vivian Bond and G

The other night, I saw Justin Vivian Bond at a special reading of his new play (co-written by Sandra Bernhard)  Arts and Crafts.  I attended the afterparty and got a chance to meet Justin.  The play is hilarious and I am really glad I got the chance to tell him so.  I’ve seen Justin Bond perform so many times and I don’t know how he does it.  He changes his shows all the time and is always spot on and flawless!  Thanks again Justin!

An Encounter with Sandra Bernhard

Posted by The G on March 11, 2011 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

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Sandra Bernhard and Geoffrey Dicker

Sandra Bernhard and G

The other night, I saw Sandra Bernhard at a special reading of her new play (co-written by Justin Vivian Bond) “Arts and Crafts.”  I attended the afterparty and got a chance to meet Sandra Bernhard.  The play is hilarious and I am really glad I got the chance to tell her so.  I also asked Sandra to sign a photo I took of her performing “Tits on the Radio” live with Scissor Sisters and she was very cool about it.  Thanks again Sandra and good luck on your fantastic project “Arts and Crafts.”

Sandra Bernhard and Justin Vivian Bond in “Arts and Crafts”

Posted by The G on March 8, 2011 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Sandra Bernhard and Justin Bond

Sandra Bernhard and Justin Vivian Bond

When the incomparable talents of Sandra Bernhard and Justin Vivian Bond join forces, you know whatever they’ve got cooking up is going to be great.  This was definitely the case when I saw a reading of their new musical comedy “Arts and Crafts” at Joe’s Pub on March 7, 2011.  I cannot remember a time recently where I’ve laughed so much and each progressive scene kept making me laugh harder. The all star ensemble of “Arts and Crafts”features lyrics by Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters (who is currently on tour) and a cast that includes the amazing talents of Cole Escola, Anthony Holds, Jeremy Gender and Amber Martin.

Anthony Holds, Jeremy Gender, Amber Martin

Anthony Holds, Jeremy Gender, Amber Martin

I’m not going to lie, I snipped the synopsis off the press release.  I have to admit, I was laughing so hard, at times I couldn’t even hear what was being said. So here’s what “Arts and Crafts” is about:  Bernhard and Bond play country cousins whose lives have led them in very different directions. One went from being a rock chick to born again motherhood in the Midwest and the other from small town gay to urban art world sophisticate. When the two meet up again at a family wedding they set off on a journey rediscovering their authentic selves and learning that ideology doesn’t mean much when stacked up against art love and really good acid.

Cole Escola

Cole Escola

In between hilarious dialogue and insane situations, the cast broke out into song which included original songs as well as covers of Stevie Nicks’ “Edge of Seventeen” as well as Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me.”  It’s unclear what the touring schedule for “Arts and Crafts” is going to be, but I recommend seeing it.

At the afterparty, I spotted Casey Spooner of Fischerspooner, director John Cameron Mitchell, singer Jay Brannan, singer/performer Bridget Everett and DJ Jon Jon Battles.  I had the chance to talk to most everyone after the show and unanimously everyone back stage was buzzing about what a triumph “Arts and Crafts” is.  Pictures from my encounters with Sandra Bernhard and Justin Vivian Bond will be coming soon, so for now enjoy another picture of Sandra and Justin as well as an afterparty photo featuring Jay Brannan, Cole Escola, Bridget Everett and Jon Jon Battles, after the jump.

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