August 25th, 2009

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Tearoom Tango

Finally got to meet another LJ friend live and up close, Karl/bookbear, who’s in town with a theater group from Madison, Wisconsin performing in a play, Tearoom Tango, part of this year’s NYC Fringe Festival.

The play is about men, gay and otherwise, who frequent rest stop toilets. Karl was cast as a “loner-type” bear, which he performed admirably. It’s a demanding and impressive show, each actor has to deliver two emotional monologs, and then perform extensive “supernumerary” work of cruising and s(t)imulating sex in the background as the other actors take their turns. (In the play, Karl’s character takes pictures of other men over the divider of the toilet stall, and it was amusing to later see the actual photos on his iPhone, where the actors were going at it and giving it their all even though their backs are to the audience. Acting!)

Maybe it was the lighting or the stage, but more likely just Karl’s stage presence, ’cause during his first monolog I thought he was the best parts of Robert Redford and Jack Radcliffe rolled into one. How nice to find out after the show upon meeting him that he’s very down-to-earth and approachable, kinda like the time I met an Abercrombie & Fitch model.

Afterwards, along with Moose/liftinmoose and Joey/guywithmonsters, we found an inexpensive restaurant in the Soho neighborhood, Lupe’s, which was just perfect, since, while busy, wasn’t sceney or too crowded or noisy, and we were allowed to occupy the table for nearly two hours talking and laughing and getting to know each other better.

You have a few more opportunities to see Tearoom Tango for yourself, the best being this coming Thursday night at 9:45 (there are also matinees today and Friday). Tickets are only $15 and since it’s a large house tickets will likely be available at the door (15 Vandam off Sixth Ave, just below the West Village). More details here:, and a lot more info about the play at bookbear’s LJ.