While this exuberant, interactive, choose-your-own ending musical may be a bit vulgar, it is also skilfully directed, joyously performed and a darn good time in a season of unimpressive musicals on Broadway.
Traditional Irish music legend, folklorist and a man who earned his cross-cultural cred staging a show called "If It Wasn't for the Irish and the Jews," Mick Moloney has built a program around an eclectic mix of tunes ranging from the traditional to the contemporary.
With 350 vendors accepted (out of 800 that applied), 75,000 square feet of space and customers spending around $3.5 million over the three weekends a year that Unique L.A. happens, this is not your mother's flea market rummage.
The discussion this day though was what had happened following the storm. There was talk of the difficulties faced in doing business and troubles with cell phone coverage; but mostly about the damage the storm had done to "art."
Sitting in the storage units of insurance companies around the world there are objects that have been damaged and striped of their art status. Until recently, there was no public access to these inventories.
Patti Issues is bitingly funny and deeply moving as Ben Rimalower delves into complex issues of family relationships, depression, coming out, the nature of celebrity worship and the pitfalls of meeting our own idols.
Gotham Chamber Opera's model of small, chic, thought-provoking productions, combined with musical intelligence featuring emerging talent, and creative, forward-thinking directors, proved a winning combination.