by Matt Roberson · August 18, 2015
Didi Panache, Lady Winifred | JesusNYC
With FringeNYC jamming together so many kinds of shows into just a few days, there is no better way to do this festival than back to back. In rushing from one play to another, I find I’m able to connect, at least a little bit, with the chaotic, “all for art” energy that is FringeNYC.
This year, I took on two very different comedies, with The Lady Winifred and Didi Show offering exactly the kind of bold and original experience that I look for in this festival.
Following the curtain call for Laugh Track, I exited onto Bleeker and walked a brisk half-mile to catch a performance of The Lady Winifred and Didi Show, a drag comedy cabaret that can be described in a lot of ways, but never as being “flat.” (pun very much intended)
With glitzy costumes and one pink wig that I think was actually a tu-tu, divas Lady Winifred and Didi Pinasch, along with a great four piece band, are offering up a night of theatre not soon forgotten.
As a team, the hilariously foul-mouthed Lady and Didi are perfect, with Lady playing the funny man to Didi’s...well...straight man. And they’re clearly having the most fun in the room, with Didi turning away several times to keep from breaking up at some horribly offensive thing Lady has said.
They’re also good vocalists, giving James Sheppard’s wonderfully original compositions the earnestness and energy they deserve.
But fair warning: even if you hate this production, I suggest you keep smiling. There is no fourth wall here, and these two are bloodhounds for snark and discomfort. Offer up the slightest hint and they will pounce, and probably more than once.
We’re looking at you, “Whiskey Sipping Jim from Holland.”