Review On Priscilla Queen Of The Desert


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Vanessa Cate - Stage Raw

Registered Critic


One might wonder how it might be possible to transpose the drag epic and its titular tour bus into an intimate black box theatre. This ambitious paring down is the truest magic of Celebration Theatre's effort, and the biggest slam-dunk of Jessica Hanna's direction. Pete Hickok recreates night clubs, bars, dressing rooms, the desert expanse, and a tour van from several ingenious moveable set pieces. In such a small space, this easy transformation is a wonder, but it's not the only one: Roman Pantoja's choreography cheekily defies the limitations of the tight quarters – high heels and all! - RECOMMENDED

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Vanessa Cate (they/them) is the Managing & Assigning Editor for Stage Raw and the former Editor-in-Chief for @thisstage.la. Vanessa is a performance artist, writer, and jack of all trades, and can be found on stage, in strange audiences, and in interesting situations. Apart from their work with Stage Raw since its inception, Vanessa is the Founder and Artistic Director of the feminist performance-coven known as TheatreWitch, as well as the fantasy dance group Cabaret le Fey. Vanessa co-produces True Crime in Los Angeles, and works with Butcher Bird Studios. Vanessa performs, writes, directs, and generally creates however and whenever they can.