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Speed Queen

From 2 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Clever, Delightful, Great acting

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. More…

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.

Member Reviews (2)


Entertaining, Great singing, Clever, Delightful, Great acting
Avg Score

Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Singing piano playing and Performing the story about Joe it was very interesting. You have a lot of fun laughing.

Don't see it if If you can not handle anything with gay pride this is not to show for you.

Also I never knew the story about Joe Speed Queen. The singing is excellent... Read more Read less

Delightful, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Great show for lovers of interesting stories, beautiful music, LGBT history and terrific acting

Don't see it if You ate lazy or don’t appreciate talent

March 9th, 2018
"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 lyri...
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March 12th, 2018
"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 characteriza...
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March 18th, 2018
"I never heard of Joe Carstairs, and that is a problem. A fabulous life like hers should not be so silenced in history...Legere makes Carstairs’ life worthy of Oscars...Legere truly delivers the essence of cabaret as an art form, and test of human being’s capacity to grab attention and transform ...
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March 12th, 2018
"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...
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