Arts & Entertainment

REVIEW: Party Snake

Party Snake is one of those small gems that you’re lucky to come upon at a Fringe season.

It’s the theatrical equivalent of post-dawn kick-ons with an intellectual drag queen as she bares her soul and breaks off into tangents about life, love, gender, and identity all while de-dragging and preparing for her day as a male private school drama teacher.

Written by critically acclaimed New York playwright Kortryna Gesalt and performed with pathos by Melbourne-based performer Lachlan Martin, this one-queen show will have you questioning the skins we all wear to move through the world. 

The traditional drag performer is always ‘on’, constructing a fantasy and commanding a room with charm to spare. In the setting of Party Snake, we meet the queen in a more intimate light, away from the chaos of a club, quietly lip-synching to Edith Piaf with mascara melting down her face, or singing along to an old Elvis tune. 

Party Snake comes to Sydney Fringe for a limited run on the back of hype from a sold-out Adelaide Fringe season and a Melbourne debut. It is an unmissable hour of theatre for drag fans, gender theorists, performers, and art fanatics both melancholy and hopeful. (AM)

★★★★

Until Sep 21. Old 505 Theatre (Touring Hub), 5 Eliza St, Newtown. $25-$30. Tickets & info: www.sydneyfringe.com

 

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