The previous time I attended award-profitable writer-performer Bruce Ryan Costella’s Spooky & Gay Cabaret, it was held in his yard in the course of the peak of the pandemic, when experiencing any form of dwell theater seemed like a dip into an additional dimension. So I’m happy to report that this revised revival is just about every bit as entertaining indoors on a spring afternoon as it was al fresco on an Oct evening.
Costella begins off with a comically creepy suburban legend story about a youthful lesbian and a fortune-telling jack o’ lantern he finishes with an prolonged medieval metaphor for the Reagan-era AIDS crisis. In concerning, he draws from his trick-or-deal with sack filled with original snack-sized tales, music and even some monstrous impressions. Bruce might be singing a mournful song a single moment, and the upcoming manipulating a satanic muppet for a stand-up established about personalised purgatories.
A couple of Costella’s comic bits go about like circus peanuts or candy corn, but most are at minimum a Snickers or 3 Musketeers and a several — like his touching tribute to the phantoms of gay bars past — are wonderfully bittersweet. Pull up a seat alongside Costella’s campfire and appreciate a non-binary boo or two if nothing else, I dare you not to giggle you to death singing alongside to his “Scary Ghost Music.”
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