|The program: The biggest complaint I heard was that|
Martha did not actually ride a zebra in the show
We weren't the only ones - the Christ Church Neighborhood House was packed with other parents who thought their kids would enjoy watching a drag queen read stories and sing songs. And we were right. The kids (and adults) had a blast. Martha captivated them from the first moment and had them singing, dancing and giggling throughout the show. It was delightful. It was silly. It was campy. It was musical. It was drag cabaret. And the kids, loved it.
|The line to get into the theater|
|A packed house awaits|
|The stage is set|
|A welcome from the hosts|
|Ms. Martha Graham Cracker takes the stage|
|Riveted two year old|
|Martha reads aloud|
|A song with Johnny Showcase|
This was the first drag performance that our kids have attended - it was not the first for either jb or me. Have we been to performances that were raunchy? Sure. I blush at the mere memory of some of the shows we've been to. Were we worried that today's show would be inappropriate for our kids? Not at all. Drag is not inherently obscene any more so than movies are all rated R. Artists perform for their audience. We got our kids John Lithgow's children's CD - and they love it. Does that mean I would let them watch his depiction of a serial killer on Dexter? No. That's ridiculous. We also wouldn't take them to a bar to watch an 11 PM drag show geared towards adults. Taking them to see a drag queen read kids' books and sing kids' songs? Of course!
Gender performance is many things. It's complex. It's political. It's subversive. It was enough for me to write many a mediocre analysis on as a Women's Studies major during my collegiate years. Most kids aren't really going to tap into these layers, though. Don't get me wrong, I'm not against kids examining the politics of gender through satire and parody - I just think it's more likely that they will simply enjoy a vibrant show by a dynamic performer. Because, after all, gender performance is also pretty simple. It's fun. It's absurd. It's entertaining.
It sounds to me like drag shows and kids go together like rama-lama-ding-dong.
Here is a tiny sampling of what the show offered - including a snippet of Martha's AMAZING jazzy Green Eggs and Ham rendition:
Sad you missed out? Want to see more shows like this? Well, you can check her out at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on May 3rd at 5 pm. This will also be a family friendly show! Hope to see you there!