Saturday, January 27, 2018

Drag365: Show #18- The Late Late Show at Hardware

Marti Gould Cummings // photo by Michael Block
Day: Sunday, January 14th 

Show: The Late Late Show

Location: Hardware

Queens Seen: Marti Gould Cummings (@martigcummings), Aviva Dickman (@avivadickman), Loretta Stoned (@thelorettastoned)

Aviva Dickman // photo by Michael Block
Loretta Stoned // photo by Michael Block
Each week Marti Gould Cummings brings a pair of guests to her Hardware late night show to entertain. Sometimes, things don’t always go according to plan simply due to the surprises. Thanks to the three-day holiday weekend, Marti and her guests Aviva Dickman and Loretta Stoned received a giant crowd that seeped into the aisles, which in turn shrunk the performance space. But have no fear, this trio still entertained. Whether fate or coincidence, this edition of The Late Late Show was a pretty political themed night, though it was approached from very different angles. With a set up of the origin of her number, Loretta wowed the crowd with her AIDS/Elizabeth Glaser inspired number. The room showered her with tips thanks to her commitment and dedication to the content. Moments later, Aviva Dickman took to the stage for a number no other queen could do: nothing. Literally, with a track of applause and “The West Wing” theme song, Aviva did nothing but bask in the glory of cheers as she walked through the crowd collecting her coins from awestruck show-goers, unsure of what exactly they’re witnessing. Loretta and Aviva couldn’t be two more drastically different performers. Loretta is classic performer, serving up smart mixes with an old-school style. Aviva on the other hand, is a unique specimen. I say it in the most loving way, Aviva Dickman is simply stupid. She pushes the boundaries in a way that you likely have no idea what you’re viewing. She has the skill to give you a typical drag performance, but she’ll go a few steps further. When it comes to the evening’s drag suicide, DJ Jon Ali pulled out his own comedic tricks by giving Aviva only karaoke or instrumental tracks. It was quite memorable.
Whether by accident or brilliant scheduling, Marti has once again assembled a lineup that gives the audience a complete drag experience. The Late Late Show is truly one weekly gig that you should keep on your radar. And remember the performers you saw!