What Does Death Consist Of? A New Show Says It's A Bad Cabaret Song!

Death is usually represented as a trip into a darkening tunnel or a flight to heaven on the back of a gothic angel.

It's usually made to seem way more appealing than it really is.

But an inventively designed show called The Etiquette of Death at La MaMa presents a much more harrowing vision of what happens.

Etiquette is an avant-garde musical collage of sketches, poetry, and songs, built around the premise of a woman named Joan Girdler (Chris Tanner, who produced) who gets a bad diagnosis for herself as her son withers in the hospital.

When death finally comes, it's in the form of Death himself (Everett Quinton, who directed), and he's got a horrid plan.

Ms. Girdler is made to sing that icky cabaret song "Don't Cry Out Loud" while a deathly accomplice sits on her head!

Can you imagine anything more upsetting?

You'll die!

Photos: Ves Pitts

Brandon Olson as Joey Girdler
Brandon Olson as Joey Girdler
Lance Cruce, Brandon Olson, Agosto Machado
Lance Cruce, Brandon Olson, Agosto Machado
Greta Jane Pedersen as Isis
Greta Jane Pedersen as Isis
What Does Death Consist Of? A New Show Says It's A Bad Cabaret Song!

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