DRAG OUT THE PUPPETS
by Kestryl Lowrey
published June 27, 2008
Arias With a
now playing Off Broadway at Here
through August 31
No one does camp like a drag queen, and no one does drag like Joey
Arias. This should give you some clue about Arias with a
Twist, a spectacle created by puppet master Basil Twist and diva Joey Arias.
Rocketing from an alien abduction to Hell to New York, Twist has
created a lavish visual adventure to complement Arias’ sultry voice. This production marks Arias’
long-awaited return to New York City, following a triumphant six-year run in Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity in Las Vegas. Original songs and reinventions of
popular favorites accompany this dazzling epic.
I would feel sorry for anyone else who had to share the stage with
Twist’s impressive puppetry, but Arias refuses to be upstaged. Strutting and sauntering,
Arias works a magic just as compelling as the puppets’, demanding that the puppets live up to his spectacular presence. As creative forces, Twist and Arias are superbly matched, and the resulting production is delightfully
fantastic and intimate.
Arias with a Twist is an
opulent feast for the senses, ecstatic, escapist, and enthralling. Twist and Arias’ collaboration
is not to be missed.
kestryl.lowrey @ stageandcinema.com
read John Topping's review of Arias with a Twist