About the show

Hollywood glamour meets queer performance art in this world premiere solo performance about Gay Pride pioneer ‘Joe’ Carstairs, the 1926 World Speedboat record holder.

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Written and performed by Phoebe Legere, who depicts cross-dresser Joe Carstairs and seven of her girlfriends including: Tallulah Bankhead, Marlene Dietrich, Billie Holiday, and Mabel Mercer. A trans-disciplinary play, 'Speed Queen' uses wearable sculpture, dance, theater, and nude lesbian films to tell a story of heartbreak, heroism, and love.

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"Hilariously impersonating Dietrich while playing an accordion, singing and trotting about, is one of the grand highlights of performer Legere's 'Speed Queen'...A madcap lesbian historical and musical fantasia...She hysterically incorporated intermittent gaffes and technical glitches...Witty lyrics...Her piano playing is accomplished and she sings superbly...Throughout, Legere's colossal talents and imaginative sensibility are pleasurably showcased." Full Review


"Full of good period-style original songs and great singing, and laced with moments of zingy comedy and aching pathos, but plagued by wildly uneven pacing, laborious exposition, and a mostly slapdash production...It’s too bad the show dilutes her abilities with lecturing and one-note characterizations. It might engage avidly curious college sophomores, as it does give us enough of Joe Carstairs to whet one’s appetite for her life and times." Full Review

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"The result is nothing less than sensational with Legere turning up her star wattage...Legere is front and center throughout the evening in a tale fashioned to her unique gifts and dynamic talents. She plays a sizzling piano, a mean accordion, and sings like an angel with a four-octave range, all while delivering deft impersonations of Joe and her legendary girlfriends. This is Phoebe Legere at her daring and comic best, tongue in cheek throughout an audacious evening of madcap camp." Full Review

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