TWEED presents: STEVE HAYES: "Tired Old Queen at Pangea"
PHOTO: Alina Oswald
The show is presented as part of "Sundays at Seven".
"Sundays at Seven" is a performance series presented by TWEED TheaterWorks, Kevin Malony Artistic Director.
TWEED TheaterWorks (EST 1983), Kevin Malony Artistic director, has been partnering with Pangea for the past three years to present a stellar performance series on Sundays (and some others days!) that combines the best of the "old school' and the "up & coming" musical, performance, and theater artists that NYC has to offer. www.tweedtheater.org
Award winning comedian STEVE HAYES presents an auto-biographical evening of stand-up, character monologues and old movie talk taken from his successful one-man show Hollywood Reunion and his popular YouTube series; STEVE HAYES: Tired Old Queen at the Movies. It promises to be a frank, irreverent and hysterical evening.
Steve Hayes is an award winning comedian, actor and writer, as well as the host of the classic movie review/comedy show:
STEVE HAYES: Tired Old Queen at the Movies, which is seen around the world on YouTube. As an actor, he starred in the motion picture, The Big Gay Musical directed by Casper Andreas and in Fine Line Features trick directed by Jim Fall, which was nominated for Best Picture at the Sundance Film Festival. Steve won Outstanding Actor at the New York International Fringe Theatre Festival for The Penguin Tango by Stephen Svoboda. He performed his one-person show; STEVE HAYES Hollywood Reunion and STEVE HAYES: Tired Old Queen at the Movies LIVE! at GAYFEST NYC. Steve is a three-time winner of the MAC Award for Outstanding Comedian, the Backstage Bistro Award the ASCAP Popular Music Award and 4 Theatre World Nominations .
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STEVE HAYES BISTRO AWARDS REVIEW "We Only Have Brains On Tuesdays"
By Gerry Geddes
As part of TWEED TheaterWorks Happy*Cry*Pretty! Monday night performance series at Pangea, comedian-writer-actor Steve Hayes recently presented We Only Have Brains On Tuesdays. That wild title only begins to describe this hilarious, off-the-wall evening of observations, monologues, and old movie talk. Hayes has long been a reliable comic stalwart on the cabaret scene, and over the years he's branched out into movies, theatre, television, and the Internet; his ongoing YouTube series, Tired Old Queen at the Movies,is a particular delight. I would hazard that one hasn't really seen a movie until one re-sees it through Hayes'eyes.
His audacious gambit of opening with an acappella rendition of Gilbert & Sullivan's I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General paid off in not one, not two, but four rounds of applause as he went from one fake ending to another, climaxing in a dizzying double-time delivery of the final section. He recalled his early days of auditioning and performing in off-off-Broadway theatre, including a bit of Shakespeare for which he confessed to be ill suited at the time given his rather flamboyant and sibilant youth. (How many S's in Hamlet?) There were memorable glimpses of his mothers similarity to Susan Hayward, as she tried to push him into becoming an undertaker. These led to a keenly observed monologue about a viewing at a Methodist funeral complete with a not-entirely devastated widow making passes at a younger minister trying to console her.
His obvious love for Hollywood and his unique way with an impression colored a good portion of the show, whether it was spending Christmas visiting a celebrity cemetery to place a toy Oscar on Hattie McDaniel's grave, or confessing his love for old-time actresses. Those ladies were either victim gals like Judy and Marilyn, or girl with a gun gals like Stanwyck and Crawford. He confessed his special affection for second lead galstough, no-nonsense dames who usually got bumped off in film noir after film noir. Stringing together cliché lines from what seemed like a hundred movies, he created a tour de force of mimicry and comedy. His creation of a recognizably awful and at the same time pitiable bar fly touched the heart along with the funny bone. In tribute to one of his idols, Noël Coward, he sang an original song that, at first listen, seemed a match for the Master. He closed the show as a sidesplitting Poirot-ish detective delivering a remarkably accurate and yet totally askew replica of the summation speech at the end of every Agatha Christie mystery.
What separates Hayes from other comics on the scene is the sweetness of his spirit and his message. At his most satirical, his most pointed, his most dramatic (as in his sideways revelations about a drug-troubled past), there is no rancor and no nastiness on display just sheer, openhearted talent. In an ideal world, this show would settle in somewhere for a lengthy run, allowing Steve Hayes to dispense his comedic magic to a larger audience.
We Only Have Brains on Tuesdays
Pangea March 27
REVIEW JAMES GAVIN:
I walked into Pangea expecting to see Poor Baby Bree (whoops, she's there next Monday), and instead I found a full house all psyched for comic Steve Hayes. I'm glad I stayed, because this gay teddy bear is easy to love. I laughed a lot at his bulletfire monologue of camp one-liners from golden-age Hollywood (he's a fabulous mimic of the old stars); and I got a chill from his dead-on channeling of a jaded, acid-tongued cabaret barfly. (I've known a few.) Check out his YouTube series "Tired Old Queen at the Movies." And save a cheer for Kevin Malony of TWEED TheaterWorks (last photo) for having curated Pangea's current smash series of downtown cabaret.
Steve Hayes' Hollywood Reunion, Steve Hayes is all we need onstage for a fast-paced and continuously funny experience I have the feeling that most would say the belly laughs alone are worth the price of admission laugh-out-loud comedy and solo performance are two endeavors that Hayes negotiates seemingly effortlessly the rare treat of seeing a single person on a virtually empty stage enthrall an entire room with his storytelling and infectious energy.
New York International Fringe Festival
reviewed by Lucile Scott
Over the course of the show they deal with the pesky town folk, played hilariously and with impressive physicality by Hayes the show is funny. The acting is strong. And the crowd was laughing and clapping and loving the campy song and dance numbers and the jokes.
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