Sunday, February 11, 2018

Drag365: Show #37- WTF Wednesdays at Hardware

Paige Turner // photo by Michael Block
Day: Wednesday, February 7th       

Show: WTF Wednesdays

Location: Hardware

Queens Seen: Paige Turner (@paigeturnernyc), Gloria Swansong (@gloria_swansong)

Gloria Swansong // photo by Michael Block
I shall make a confession. I have seen Paige Turner many times at the Laurie Beechman for her cabaret shows. This was my very first time seeing Paige Turner at one of her bar shows. Boy, what a treat this was! A night of showtunes, games, and fabulous banter, WTF Wednesdays is the place to be on a Wednesday night. With a room filled with random stragglers and Paige super fans alike, Paige caters to the crowd by giving them what they want. Joined by another classic, vintage inspired queen Gloria Swansong, the pair, decked out in polka dots, celebrated what they do best. Beginning with a hilarious Pocahontas mix, Paige set the mood of the show: anything goes. Actually, there was none of that show, but Thoroughly Modern Millie did appear a few times, including a fabulous duet of “How the Other Half Lives.” Paige delighted with her classics while Gloria pulled out a new mix inspired by “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Some queens stick to a single audience game during their show. Paige played three. Using “You Don’t Known Jack” as a source, there was a round of putting sitcoms in chronological order, true or false porn titles, and trivia in which we learned, for the second time this night, what a donkey punch was. We later played a couple rounds of Match Game before leading into a “Drag Potpourri” where the audience got to select artists for Paige and Gloria to perform. I went with one of my usual suspects, “Yma Sumac” because who doesn’t love watching a drag queen try to imitate those noises.
Take a journey to WTF Wednesdays for a fun and fulfilling night with Paige Turner. If you’re looking for the modern pop hits, maybe this isn’t the show for you. If you love Broadway and the classics, there aren’t many who can do what Paige does!