By Ernest Kearney — Diminutive in all but talent, Alfie Ordinary is a sequined toe-head who is more engaging than a litter of new born baby kittens. In Help! I Think I Might Be Fabulous, Alfie explains to the audience he is the son of a drag queen, which he surmises makes him a “drag prince,” and then proceeds to entertain with song, wit and more than a little wisdom. We hear the story of his time spent at Madame LeCoq’s Preparatory School For Fabulous Boys, a rather flamboyant version of Tom Brown’s School Days.
With introspective renderings of standards by The Village People and Shirley Bassey, with pop idol puppetry and soccer and with great heart, Alfie provides insights with gentleness, compassion and a brevity that shines with unpretentious brilliance.
What this show presents is a modern fable by way of Stonewall and La Cage aux Folles, in which Alfie stands as a testament that sequins alone do not make one “fabulous.” What makes one “fabulous” is the willingness to accept with compassion and understanding, ourselves and each other for who we are.
For a fabulous show: a PLATINUM MEDAL.
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