Sunday, February 24, 2008

Dina Martina: Off The Charts

How to explain one of the freshest and funniest acts I have ever seen? Part stand up, part performance art, part drunken hallucination, new millenium drag creation Dina Martina is a little bit Phyllis Diller and a little bit Divine and maybe even a little bit Leigh Bowery but in the end a one-a-kind mold-breaking comedic genius. Her current act, Off The Charts, can be seen at The Cutting Room for the next few weekends and it's a guaranteed fun night out as Dina performs/destroys songs by Duran Duran, The Smiths, Melissa Manchester, and so on, in between her hilariously malaprop-laden banter. If you can imagine a fearlessly brave blazingly funny comic assuming the guise of a cluelessly tacky entertainer who wallows in pathos and pop culture you might be able to wrap your mind around Dina Martina in advance, but even that is more than you need to know. Dina Martina is from Seattle, but she's more downtown New York nightclub than any of us.

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