What Does Death Consist Of? A New Show Says It's A Bad Cabaret Song!

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Tanner and Quinton. Photo: Ves Pitts
Death is usually represented as a trip into a darkening tunnel or a flight to heaven on the back of a gothic angel.

It's usually made to seem way more appealing than it really is.

But an inventively designed show called The Etiquette of Death at La MaMa presents a much more harrowing vision of what happens.

Etiquette is an avant-garde musical collage of sketches, poetry, and songs, built around the premise of a woman named Joan Girdler (Chris Tanner, who produced) who gets a bad diagnosis for herself as her son withers in the hospital.

When death finally comes, it's in the form of Death himself (Everett Quinton, who directed), and he's got a horrid plan.

Ms. Girdler is made to sing that icky cabaret song "Don't Cry Out Loud" while a deathly accomplice sits on her head!

Can you imagine anything more upsetting?

You'll die!


Photos: Ves Pitts

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Brandon Olson as Joey Girdler

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Lance Cruce, Brandon Olson, Agosto Machado

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Death won't take a holiday.

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Greta Jane Pedersen as Isis

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Ynnocence
Ynnocence

Terrific poster. That's a rare one that deserves to have the whole "La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club (E.T.C.)" designation on it.

normadesmond
normadesmond

sometimes, the absolute best place a person can be is in the ground.

Vespers
Vespers

I never understood who Baby was and why she cried the day the circus came to town.

Jonny
Jonny

I'll take Bob Fosse's version in his "All That Jazz" movie.

Monsieurpatric
Monsieurpatric

Excellent and worthy especially for my world and wise for all in any case.  My husband's 82-year old father died this past Friday.  We are talked out and there are no tears.  A founding member in 1961 of the John Birch Society, his gay bashing and general bigotry saw us ostracized for some twenty years.  The yoke is off as much as Ed's headed for the grave come Friday morning..  We see this trog's passing as reflective of lots of the vicious dialogue that passes as political debate this cycle.  It is a death cry of an elderly white male voice infuriated with our first black President, the Gay, loss of control over women, the psychotic vituperations of Roger Ailes and the likes of Beck and Limbaugh.  Thanks Mr. M for this moment to say goodbye.

Vespers
Vespers

Well, I'd rather sing it than have to hear it.

Pietro
Pietro

"Don't Cry Out Loud"??? That's even worse than "Firework"!!

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