Fringe season is once again upon us, but if you don’t feel like risking it with any number of sci-fi musicals or memoirs about artists’ processes, go with an old reliable Fringe hit from last season getting a full-fledged staging Off-Broadway: Abraham Lincoln’s Big, Gay Dance Party. The action in this social satire/courtroom drama surrounds a small-town Illinois elementary schoolteacher who writes of Honest Abe’s purportedly homosexual secret life in her script for the student’s Christmas pageant. The uproar and Scopes-esque trial that follows is revealed in three interchangeable acts from the perspectives of the prosecutor, the defense, and the big-shot Times reporter covering the case. It’ll be a good time whether you believe Abe was gay, or just wish he was. I mean, hot, right?
Saturdays, 2 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m.; Tuesdays, Sundays, 7 p.m.; Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: July 24. Continues through Sept. 5, 2010
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 27, 2010