Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Review - Vodka Shoes (Leslie Goshko and FRIGID New York)

By Byrne Harrison
Photo by Craig Ruttle

Leslie Goshko is perky. Fiercely, relentlessly perky. Think of a really perky person - Rachel Ray springs to mind. Well, Leslie Goshko makes her look like Eeyore.

Vodka Shoes, Goshko's show about her dysfunctional childhood, is entertaining, if for no other reason than it allows Goshko a chance to be in front of an audience, a place where she seems completely at home. But once you add in a series of funny, cringe-inducing stories about growing up with an alcoholic dad and a Charismatic Christian mom - the kind that believes that every day is a good day to go to church and that prayer doesn't count if you're not speaking in tongues, what you get is a funny, touching, and well-written one-woman show.

Director Kyle Erickson keeps the pacing fast - appropriate for this sort of comedy - and makes sure the small stage at UNDER St. Marks is fully utilized, but otherwise, lets Goshko and her stories take center stage. His touch is light, yet effective.

Vodka Shoes is one of the funnier shows at this year's FRIGID New York Festival. While living with her father's "wheel of crazy" and her mother's attempts at beating the devil out of her was probably no picnic, Goshko survived and turned it into art.

Vodka Shoes
Written and Performed by Leslie Goshko
Directed by Kyle Erickson

UNDER St. Marks
94 St. Marks Place

Thu 2/25 - 7:30 PM
Sat 2/27 - 4:00 PM
Thu 3/04 - 9:00 PM
Fri 3/05 - 7:30 PM
Sun 3/07 - 1:00 PM

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