Arias With a Twist Triumphs Again

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After a series of curtains dramatically open onto each other one by one, a kaleidoscopic light show erupts, followed by an overture played by a puppet orchestra.

And on comes the star in full dominatrix gear, strapped to a neon hoop that rotates as aliens probe and examine him and he belts out "Kashmir" by Led Zeppelin.

Scared yet?

That's the beginning of Arias With a Twist--the stunning collaboration of performer Joey Arias and puppeteer Basil Twist--and from there it only gets more mind blowing, stimulating you with trippy imagery, clever stagecraft, and multiple mood changes.

Joey ends up dancing with snakes, eating the New York skyline, and closing with a concert in which he sings "You've Changed" with a rich, honey-soaked voice (I'm starting to think its actually Billie Holiday who's imitating him, not vice versa) before spinning on a cake filled with kicking legs as a mirror reflects it, Busby Berkeley-style.

But none of these descriptions can really capture the oddball, loosely structured charm of Arias with a Twist, which started at Here and is now ensconced for five weeks at Abrons Art Center.

This is the real Spiderman.

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5 comments
WarmDevilette
WarmDevilette

This is the sort of show that makes you incredibly glad to live in New York. Far more inventive, hilarious, and dazzling than practically anything you'd spend 3 times the price to see on Broadway (and I'm using the Premium Seats cost). Speaking of which, it's better to spring for those since the effects are best seen from the center orchestra.

Robert E Baker
Robert E Baker

Sounds EXACTLY like the kind   of         " AIRS"        I need tobe          breathing            right         now!

Jonster
Jonster

This is the kind of stuff you only get here in La Daily Musto.  It looks like a must-see to me!!

Ynnocence
Ynnocence

And speaking of which - another anthology please, titled something like The Best-Evah Capsule Reviews of Stuff that Matters in New Yawk!

Ynnocence
Ynnocence

How I wish I had your reviews to refer to during all those years I was in NYC. But then again, that would have reduced me from graduate-school poverty to streetwalking, with all those events to spend on!

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