in Provincetown: Patti LuPone, Sandra Bernhard, Christine Ebersole and More Perform By the Sea

By Ben Rimalower
03 Jul 2013

Audra McDonald
Photo by Autumn de Wilde

July 10, I might check out comedian Jessica Kirson at the Crown & Anchor, and then I'll make sure to get my rest, because on July 11 "downtown" dynamo Bridget Everett brings her ferocious hilarity and musical fierceness to the Crown & Anchor. Everett is maybe the most exciting performer on any stage anywhere — she's certainly the most uninhibited and willing to keep the audience guessing — all of which is to say nothing of her voice, which is (to borrow her own self-praise), "the voice of an angel." Don't miss her new single, "Titties," on iTunes.

Over the next couple of weeks, I'll take it easy, enjoying the romantic sunsets and languid pace of beach days, lobster rolls, crab cakes and pastries from the Portuguese bakeries. I'll also check out some more recurring shows. There's the crazy brilliant Varla Jean Merman at the Art House, almost every night at 9 PM, all summer. You haven't lived until you've seen Varla Jean squirt Cheez Whiz down her throat while trilling a soprano version of "Dream A Little Dream of Me." At my homebase, the Crown & Anchor, there's nationally-beloved superstar drag queen Miss Richfield 1981 slaying them in the aisles every Wednesday-Sunday at 9 PM, and long-running drag revue Illusions, which is like candy for diva lovers.

July 18-19, I won't want to miss one of the founding fathers of gay culture, Tales of the City scribe Armistead Maupin in conversation at the Crown & Anchor. It's back to the Art House July 21-22 for five-time Tony Award-winning Broadway uber-star Audra McDonald in concert and conversation with Seth Rudetsky. There are few performers with the depth, beauty, integrity and class of McDonald, but the addition of Rudetsky and his relentless pursuit of belting makes me think we might get to see another side of the Juilliard-trained soprano this time around.

July 23, I'll be back at "the Crown" (considering we're now three weeks into my seeing several shows a week at the venue, I think it's only fair I should get to use the nickname!) for Off-Broadway's hit comedy, Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche. I like lesbians. I like quiche. I can't imagine that's not gonna be a good time. July 24, I'll stick around the Crown to enjoy the powerful vocals of New York cabaret star Anne Steele, followed by hilarious and charming southern belle of a man, Leslie Jordan, July 29-30.