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Richard Elovich

Performance Space 122

In his new performance piece entitled Someone Else from Queens is Queer, 1991, Richard Elovich tells the story of a character named Felix Kater. As Elovich speaks in the first person virtually throughout, one assumes that Felix’s story is based on his own. The piece revolves around Felix’s relationship with Gordie Benjamin, a former schoolmate from Queens with whom he meets up later in life and falls in love. Except for flashbacks to Felix’s childhood, revealing strained parental relations and a fixation on Williams S. Burroughs that began in teenage years, the story of life with Gordie has a surprisingly traditional, neatly narrative structure. But as it turns out, the tautness of this narrative functions as a necessary relief-producing support for the emotions Elovich; a dynamic storyteller, provokes.

Sitting through Someone Else from Queens is Queer is like having one’s emotions gathered

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