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.
"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 have of ourselves...You follow the charming cast, and their electric voices because everyone feels so at ease...It is like watching a genius be born." Full Review
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. But it’s also refreshingly honest and raw. Unlike some other recent LGBTQ history shows, it doesn’t try to infuse its tale with today’s gender politics." Full Review
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 from going full-out. There is tremendous potential in this play. Perhaps with more time in front of audiences, 'Trinkets' will find its footing and deliver on its promise of dazzle.” Full Review
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 inaudible or totally off-key. Only Kevin Aviance as a divinely colorful club entertainer and Burgandy Williams as feisty doorman Kitten Control sing with any power or sense of what they were singing.” Full Review
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
See it if You enjoy seeing actual drag queens and transsexuals perform in an original musical about hooker life in the 90’s
Don't see it if You like musicals with live music and a well written book.
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