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Fairy Tales Get a New Gay and Tranny Twist with Left Coast Theatre

One of the short plays in "Twisted Fairy Tales"
One of the short plays in "Twisted Fairy Tales"leftcoasttheatreco.org

Gay Short Plays

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The Left Coast Theatre Company doesn’t put on enough productions but when they do, it’s always somewhat of a treat.

They most often do a series of short plays, all fitting within a theme. Friday opened their latest work, “Twisted Fairy Tales,” and for the most part, it’s up to their usual comic standards.

The series of seven shorts all evolve around fairy tales with a gay twist. In the bunch, there were three definite standouts.

“Stepmother’s Manifesto” is the best written of the tales as we learn that Cinderella’s stepmother really isn’t that bad – just misunderstood. Writer Heather Meyer puts a great twist on a familiar story and the show is elevated to a higher plateau by the amazing performance of Debi Durst, whose deadpan delivery makes the show lively, snappy and full of fun. One of my favorite Left Coast players Rodney “Rhoda” Taylor also does a fine job but in the presence of Durst, scene stealing is impossible.

Taylor also happen to write one of the other wonderful shows, “My Fairy Godmothers,” in which an angel in training (or should we say an angel is tranny!) starts a funny domino effect due to a mistaken identity. John Terrell is very funny as the angel and Kai Brothers is quite a sexy victim to her mistake as we fall victim to his charms. It’s nice to see that Taylor is as talented a writer as a performer!

“Happily Ever After,” by Chris Maltby, is a true fairy tale as a pair of young lovers are faced what to do when the story ends. No more narrator and no words to follow, Maltby sets us up for a scene in which we have two handsome young men dumfounded as there is no more narration and direction in their life when the story is over. We also get another notice taste of Brothers as he demonstates what the two cute young men can do with a will of their own.

All-in-all, it was a fun night at the theatre and truly delightful to see even a bigger spin on fairy tales then even the Brothers Grimm can have imagined.

It runs Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm through April 5 at the Shelton Theatre. Get more information and tickets at www.leftcoasttheatreco.org.