Cosplayers Rival (and Revel in) Queens, at RuPaul’s DragCon NYC

Cosplayers Rival (and Revel in) Queens, at RuPaul’s DragCon NYC

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | RuPaul’s DragCon NYC (Sept. 6-8 at the Javits Center) is in it’s third year, and attendees mostly know what to expect: meet-and-greets with drag queens who’ve appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and booths hawking products and services for drag queens (or civilians trying get the drag queen look). Each year a […]

‘Wigs’ Weaver Frank DeCaro Among DragCon NYC Panelists Poised to Praise Pioneers

‘Wigs’ Weaver Frank DeCaro Among DragCon NYC Panelists Poised to Praise Pioneers

Those attending RuPaul’s DragCon NYC (Sept. 6-8 at the Javits Center) will be steeping themselves in a delicious brew of the best and brightest queens from the RuPaul’s Drag Race pantheon. Live performances, meet-and-greets, and an exhibit hall packed with tempting merch await—but the Con celebrates more than the present state of drag artistry. One […]

The Great State of ‘Alaska’: Q&A With a Deft Drag Icon

The Great State of ‘Alaska’: Q&A With a Deft Drag Icon

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | As legend has it, the extraterrestrial entity-cum-enigmatic entertainer known as Alaska (or, more formally, Alaska Thunderf*ck 5000) fell to Earth in March 1996, when “a bizarre cosmic collision” shot her spaceship into a remote part of America’s 49th state. That vast, rugged, often inhospitable landscape—and the pioneer spirit of those who […]

Visible and Irresistible: The Diamond Life of Plastique Tiara

Visible and Irresistible: The Diamond Life of Plastique Tiara

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | “I’ll be showing up and showing out, like I always do,” promised recent RuPaul’s Drag Race (RPDR) contestant Plastique Tiara, of her upcoming area appearance as a newly minted “Ru Girl.” The Vietnam-born, Dallas, Texas-based glamour gal, whose “cheap but luxurious” stage name was inspired by the My Little Pony character […]

On Time, Ready to Shine: Latrice Royale Heeds the Beechman’s Beck and Call

On Time, Ready to Shine: Latrice Royale Heeds the Beechman’s Beck and Call

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | “The show must, and will, go on,” says RuPaul’s Drag Race royalty, Latrice Royale—specifically, in response to news that her clothing, wigs, and performance accouterments are nowhere to be found, and it’s perilously close to showtime. But besides saving her bacon in that specific situation, this tried and true trooper’s mantra […]

Dive Into the Hive: Honey Davenport’s New Show Scores a Sting

Dive Into the Hive: Honey Davenport’s New Show Scores a Sting

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | The queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race come and go at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, in all shapes and sizes and forms of presentation—from the intimate audience engagement of Raja to the reflective ballads of Scarlet Envy to the meticulously scripted comedy of BenDeLaCreme to the tour de force songbook of Ginger […]

BenDeLaCreme Serves Wit and Wisdom, in New Wedding-Themed Show

BenDeLaCreme Serves Wit and Wisdom, in New Wedding-Themed Show

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Thank God it was Friday. And thank heavens for an artist who came to slay, and did just that. Friday, June 14, in her fourth solo show to premiere at NYC’s Laurie Beechman Theatre, writer/performer BenDeLaCreme proved herself a kitchen sink creative force adept at blending videos, voice-overs, puppetry, bawdy burlesque, […]