This Beauty Contest is a Drag

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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Seth Tucker, Alex Ringler, Nick Cearley, John Bolton, Curtis Wiley, Marty Thomas and Nic Cory in 'Pageant.' Seth Tucker, Alex Ringler, Nick Cearley, John Bolton, Curtis Wiley, Marty Thomas and Nic Cory in 'Pageant.' (Tyrone Rasheed)

Your usual beauty contest features a lot of the same elements as this Off-Broadway musical making its return — lots of makeup, form-fitting costumes, noble speeches of rehearsed sincerity, and musical performances. The significant difference in Pageant is what lies beneath; the hyper-feminine contestants are all men. They're vying for the title of Miss Glamouresse and members of the audience help select the winner.

Pageant, directed by Matt Lenz with book and lyrics by Bill Russell and Frank Kelly and music by Albert Evans, is a beauty contest send-up in drag. It was first seen Off-Broadway in 1991, and nearly a quarter-century later, it’s back with a few updates. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood has seen the new production from and lets us know if Pageant is showing any signs of aging. The show runs through Sept. 21 at the Davenport Theatre.

Comments [6]

@ Barry

This is more a style/grammar situation. The word "Is" is one of the most important words in the headline. It matters not that it is a "little" word -- it is very important. I just don't understand why headline writers (the writers from the by-line don't write their own) don't get it. Their JOB is to write headlines/captions.

DD~~

Aug. 09 2014 07:25 PM

@Barry -- I'm not a minor stickler. These are basics that I think WQXR would want to fix. DD~~

Along with the spelling of the artist's name in the "Concerto" thread. An artist's name should be sacrosanct (even including diacritical marks, especially on a classical music site). DD~~

Aug. 06 2014 11:30 PM
Barry Owen Furrer

Oops - caught myself! Grammar for Grammer.

Aug. 06 2014 11:02 AM
Barry Owen Furrer

@DuckDeadeye~
Hopefully the editors won't skirt the issue should they be caught dangling a participle! Your keen eye to detail has earned you the new title of Kelsey Grammer.

Aug. 06 2014 09:26 AM

I'm pretty sure The New York Times would use "Is" in its headline. DD~~

Aug. 06 2014 12:42 AM

You. Must. Change. This.
"This Beauty Contest is a Drag"
The verb "is" is one of the most important words in the headline.
It Must Be (see verb, above) Upper Case.

Good story. Bad headline. DD~~

Aug. 06 2014 12:10 AM

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