Thursday, December 10, 2009
Justin Bond's Christmas Spells - Quick Review
Posted by riot:
Justin Bond's Christmas Spells
December 9 through 12, 8:00pm
Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, 212-598-0400
I must admit to my bias right off the bat. I love Justin Bond. I learned about him at the end of the Kiki & Herb run, so I'm making up for my tardiness with enthusiasm. And it isn't difficult--he stole my heart with his cover of Radiohead's "Weird Fishes" at Le Poisson Rouge. I'm a fan.
There's nothing quite as infuriating at this time of year as the same old Christmas carols we've all heard a thousand times, no matter what our religion or lack thereof. Instead, Justin sings us his holiday question: "Could baby Jesus in his manger foresee the hate sprung from that night?" This is not saccharine holiday card fare; this is how Christmas makes a lot of queers feel, interpreted in Justin's unashamed, unabashed, and unflinching honesty.
The concept and the writing are sound, and the laughs don't stop. If there's any critique to be made, it's just that the show was a bit loose. There were a few missed lines and cues. I chalk it up to opening night snags and a vengeful ghost who Justin encountered in San Francisco. All in all, the few timing issues couldn't detract from the spectacle, and nothing can stop Ms. Bond with a microphone in her hands.
You've got three more nights to see this show--don't miss it!!!