Sunday, May 08, 2011

San Francisco Special: The Countess Katya Smirnoff-Skyy

San Francisco is the absolute epicenter of the drag theatre universe. (OK, NYC might argue, but I don't have to listen to them.) Taking it to a higher level of theatre and performance art, one such show is opening this coming week and plays for two weeks only.

J. Conrad Frank has been evolving Countess Katya for six years, including monthly stints at Martuni's (every 3rd Sunday at 7 PM), but this show represents a big leap, as a full-length, stand-alone piece.

Here are the details:

WHAT: Katya Takes You Home: Songs and Stories for the Gypsy, Vamp and Vodka Drinker in Your Soul
WHEN: May 12-22, 2011
The Jewish Theatre
470 Florida Street,
San Francisco
WHAT TIME: May 12-14, May 17, May 19-21 @ 8pm, May 22 @ 4pm
HOW MUCH: $30 general admission, $20 students / seniors
HOW TO GET TICKETS: Tickets – starting at $20 – are available now via Brown Paper Tickets and Katyaʼs Web site

THE STORY: Katya tells tales of her well-travelled life, including struggling in Moscow as the daughter of a ballet prima dona, partying down in Ibiza with Ashton Kutcher, and giving show tips in Las Vegas to Tina Turner. It ends, of course, in San Francisco, where the now-fallen Countess has made her home as a Macy's cosmetics counter lady.

MORE INFO: The Countess Katya Smirnoff-Skyy

I'm in Detroit, NYC and Atlanta over the next two weeks (ah, the glamourous life) so unable to attend myself. If you go, enjoy! And come back and tell us all about it.

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