Already closed | 2h 10m | East Village


From 25 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Disappointing, Entertaining, Slow, Raunchy

About the show

Following a successful engagement last fall, the new musical about a group of drag and trans prostitutes working the Meatpacking District in 1990s New York returns to Off-Broadway. More…

'Trinkets' explores a facet of LGBTQ history which is often overlooked. At the time, acceptance of this fringe group by the straight world was little to none, so many drag and transsexual females turned to sex work in order to make a living. 'Trinkets' highlights the hardships faced by these brave individuals, as well as their triumphs, as they banded together and became a community. With 19 original songs, 'Trinkets' weaves these encounters into a raw and uplifting story performed by veteran and rising drag and trans performers.

2h 10m | Already closed | Gene Frankel Theatre (East Village)

Member Reviews (25)


Ambitious, Disappointing, Entertaining, Slow, Raunchy
Avg Score

Slow, Relevant, Quirky, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in the 80's-90's prostitute/trans Meatpacking District scene. More a play with music than a musical.

Don't see it if you are bothered by an uneven cast - some shine, others don't. Theater space is challenging for this production.

Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Raunchy

See it if do not mind a raunchy but entertaining story about transgender prostitutes. The music,songs and costumes are very good.Talented cast.

Don't see it if you don't like a raunchy musical about transgender prostitutes. This is usually not my type of show but I enjoyed it.

Also There needs to be better transition from one scene to another. However... Read more Read less


See it if You loved the 90s & clubs like Roxy/Tunnel. Kevin Aviance's solo in act 1 is worth admission alone. Great to see him up close.

Don't see it if Management (while very kind) needs to be more prompt: they started 25 minutes late and had a 25 minute intermission. 2 hours 32 min total.

Relevant, Ambitious, Cliched, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if you have a friend in the show; don't mind wasting a couple of hours in a hot theater; are interested in LGBT issues whatever the show.

Don't see it if you don't have a f friend in the show; you are tired of the same old same old stories of the mis-treated trans gender or transvestite person

Funny, Great acting, Raunchy, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You want a small intimate production that is raunchy, very funny and entertaining and has potential with some fine tuning.

Don't see it if If your prudish and never made it into Studio 54 or are homophobic.

Entertaining, Amateurish, Ambitious, Off beat, Raunchy

See it if you can look past the lack of polish, singing that is off key at times and appreciate the enthusiasm of a likable and motivated cast.

Don't see it if you want a production that has all the kinks worked out (no pun intended.) Or you are homophobic.

Also The theater is small and very crowded - extra seats had to be brought ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great writing, Raunchy

See it if You enjoy light-hearted fun and are open-minded. You enjoy good tunes and lyrics. You can accept people who are different.

Don't see it if You are close-minded and easily offended. You agree with Trump.

Also I enjoyed this show so much I am putting a carousel of photos on my FB... Read more Read less

Raunchy, Nostalgic for 90s nightlife, A few standout performers, Poor direction and worse sound design

See it if you are enamored of erstwhile luminaries of the downtown demimonde, whose story this cliched musical tries to tell. Has its moments, but...

Don't see it if you want a polished, well paced, well designed production. Except for the costumes, and some fierce performances, this is amateur hour.

Also Venue has little AC, so dress lightly, bring water (and maybe a person... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if So bad it could be funny, but it is NOT. Bad writing, singing, acting and directing makes this just a horrible night at any theater.

Don't see it if This trinket of a show should be locked up in a chest and buried deep, very deep, in the Everglades...and never heard from it again.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Fluffy, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if You want to see a very amateurish show, dealing with a topic that might have a very narrow audience, the drag queen scene of the 1990's.

Don't see it if You want a polished serious play. The topic could have been handled better with more professional actors and better direction.

Also I rarely walk out on any performance. This was an exception. I left du... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a poorly acted play with a good heart and some great musical numbers about a vital epic era of NYC history and culture.

Don't see it if you want to see what feels like a high school play about a very real, edgy, provocative theme that is ultimately very cliche and pedestrian

Ambitious, Promising, Entertaining, Amateurish, Lovable cast

See it if you want to be entertained & touched by LGBTQ (esp. transexual) themes- as it's a mixed bag of drag comic/drama & musical in great costumes!

Don't see it if you don't like LGBTQ themes, nor support a hardworking cast in a promising prod'n. Small theater w/ big heart makes you embrace their flaws.

Also Considering its off off bway, cheap tix and small venue..the prod'n. i... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Slow, Fluffy, Banal, Ambitious

See it if you have a friend in the show or if you're obsessed with trans culture and willing to overlook many shortcomings.

Don't see it if you expect a polished well-rehearsed musical with a consistently talented cast. Also avoid if you are distracted by audience cell phone use.

Also This theater and this production's management are an unprofessional me... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if You like off broadway productions with a lot of potential.

Don't see it if You are prudish or homophobic.

Also This small theatre was a little hot, but they cleverly gave everyone a... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in the prostitute scene of the 80s/90s, primarily dealing with trans people

Don't see it if you aren't interested in a show that deals with transgender people, don't want to sit in a hot theater.

Slow, Quirky, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if you like to support downtown, indie theater that is look over substance.

Don't see it if You expect a plot or lyrical dynamics.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Banal, Mixed bag of singing talent

See it if you are a friend or family member of someone in the cast and you just want to show support.

Don't see it if you have to pay for a ticket and you don't know any of the performers.

Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Fun

See it if You want to see something a little different tonight.

Don't see it if You like larger more polished productions.

Also The theater was packed. I don’t mean just full as in every seat was ta... Read more Read less

Slow, Ambitious, Cliched

See it if If you like dance music, drag performers.

Don't see it if It needs editing. It could be a fun campy show. But it's just okay

Entertaining, Great singing, Raunchy

See it if you like stories surrounding drag/trans. It was an entertaining story-line about the trans-drag prostitutes in the meat packing district.

Don't see it if your not into drag queens and are a prude.

Also The theater was tight with no air conditioning. Arrive early for good ... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Banal, Ambitious, Excruciating, At times funny

See it if you're feeling a little nostalgic and/or want to learn about the drag and transsexual scene in the early 90's. Somewhat informative.

Don't see it if you're expecting great performances or looking for a serious play about serious issues. Could have been handled a lot better.

Also Management were extremely lovely and accommodating but the Theater was... Read more Read less

Fluffy, Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a rough work of a great and under represented idea.

Don't see it if you don't want to see actors reading their lines on stage. Though there was a standout or two the ensemble as a whole was weak.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if You want to see what the meatpacking area was like before it got trendy

Don't see it if You need a polished show with good singing

Banal, Disappointing, Quirky, Slow, Confusing

See it if You like seeing transvestites perform in a Musical

Don't see it if You like to see a well written, well directed, well acted, well sung show.

Profound , epic and tenacious !

See it if If you would like to know the history of transgender and their journey .

Don't see it if If you have a diffcult time broadening your horizon

Also Paul Alexander has casted each actor with strong intent of character .... Read more Read less

January 19th, 2018
"Through book and lyrics, Alexander displays an integral, but harsh time of growth in the LGBT community...The music of the show helps to elevate its darker themes...You simply want to fashion strut your way through its songs that splash between hilarious views on sex to the harrowing views we ha...
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August 29th, 2017
for a previous production "A cross between 'Sweet Charity' and a queer community revival...'Trinkets' is consistently endearing, with flashes of fabulousness, especially in its costumes...'Trinkets' would benefit from editing, non-canned accompaniment and more rehearsal time; it frequently feels amateurish and clichéd. Bu...
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August 15th, 2017
for a previous production “Watching this cast of characters bitch at each other might have had at least some fascination had the entire level of the production not been so unprofessional. It is difficult to rate the songs, also by Alexander, because only two members of the cast sing well enough. Either the singers are ina...
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August 16th, 2017
for a previous production “The energy and specificity of the production fall short of the potential set forth by the writing. There are significant moments where the cast shines, but they are offset with low energy. As a whole, it feels like an early tech rehearsal, with actors marking through their parts but holding back...
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