Posted on Jul 23, 2013
5 out of 5
Dennis Porter and Peyton Westfall's Cirque du Gay has been building itself up over the last few years as a regular feature of our local Fringe. This year's production, "Another Outing", continues the "circus for grown-ups" theme with a variety of acts: puppetry, mime, music,and circus arts mixed with a bawdy, camp sensibility that tickled the funny bones of the audience last night at the Jerome.
Mr. Porter, well known to this reviewer, is a natural clown, and Mssr. Westfall is extremely skilled at juggling, balloon art, etc. Over the years they have established themselves as all-round entertainers on the local scene, doing children's parties, events, and so on. But the fare on display here is decidedly of a different and altogether more adult vein. Expect whips, strips, feathers flying and explosions of glitter. Expect innocent audience members dragged up (so to speak) on stage and put through the wringer.
An interesting feature of the show is that the show "bares all"--no, not like that, but the "backstage" costume changes are done in a corner of the stage, with the capable Michael Donavan ably slipping the two in and out of their numerous characters. For those of us who enjoy a peek behind the curtain, this was an interesting bonus, albeit paled in comparison to what was generally going on onstage.
It seems incredible that a show like this could be put on entirely by two people, going at full tilt almost nonstop, and yet somehow they managed it. This reviewer must admit she got tired just watching them (but then, the near-constant laughter, cheering, etc may well have played a part there).
This is not a show for the prudish, the overly self-serious. Be prepared for outrageousness, for ludicrous stunts. If you are a brave soul, sit right up front. But most of all, check all seriousness at the door. This is a mad carnival ride, and at the end it will leave you feeling gay, one way or another.