Voice Choices

SOUND OF THE CENTURY

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Taylor Mac likes to go by “judy.” Not as a name, but as a gender pronoun, so here goes: Mac has been a darling of the downtown scene for the past few years, earning an Obie for judy’s experimental plays and wild performances on stage, most of which resemble a troubled five-year-old’s art class project (in the best possible way). This week, Mac performs judy’s latest and, in many ways, most ambitious work: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music. The series is composed of twenty-four hour-long concerts, each representing a decade in American history from 1770 to 2000. The whole thing will culminate in a one-time-only twenty-four-hour marathon performance by Mac in 2016, but for now enjoy each touring section, like the 1900s-1920s swath happening tonight. For each decade, Mac will put judy’s own twist on hit songs, and model elaborate costumes by judy’s longtime design collaborator Machine Dazzle. Audience members are never forced to participate, but certainly invited to help discover “how mythology meets melody.”

Jan. 13-25, 7:30 p.m., 2015

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