Who wouldn’t want a life-size doll of bisexual German chanteuse Marlene Dietrich? It’s already on our Christmas list—but only if it’s wearing a tux. In the meantime, there’s Broken Nails, Anna Skubik’s one-woman show, part of the La MaMa Puppet Series. Skubik, in a partial tux, it seems, voices and operates the Dietrich doll, as well as the cabaret star’s maid, Gloria. The fictional plot follows their co-dependent relationship during Dietrich’s final days, in Paris. We already know how it ends—Dietrich died at age 90, in 1992—but thankfully the super-size siren lives on in the form of countless films, recordings, our devotion—and now a muppet. If only they made Dietrich blow-up dolls . . .
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 3, 2010