BY STEPHANIE SCHROEDER
With songs such as “Ubiquitous Ex-Girlfriend,” “Butch on the Inside” and “Vibration Salvation,” the musical play “Lesbian Love Octagon” captures the high-energy activism and collective consciousness of lesbian culture in the late 1990s. Set in a “wimmin’s” bookstore on the Lower East Side of New York City, a lesbian bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and other lesbian hotspots in and around New York City, the “Lesbian Love Octagon” reprise is sure to become an off-off Broadway sensation if its sold-out limited run in 2010 is any indication. The re-tooled musical will go live this June for a month’s worth of theatrical performances in New York City, with high hopes of subsequent runs in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Filled with references to ’90s cultural markers such as women’s studies, radical feminism and “Bitch Magazine,” iconic musicians Ani DiFranco, Kathleen Hanna, and Sleater-Kinney, and with an ode to the ’90s online dating site PlanetOut.com aptly titled “WWWDOT”, “Lesbian Love Octagon” covers a lot of lush lesbian herstory. “Where else can you find lesbians on stage singing about Adrienne Rich… and falling in love with a girl?” Kressal asks.
“Lesbian Love Octagon” will run June 5th – 29th at the Kraine Theater, 85 E 4th Street in NYC. For more information, log onto www.lesbianthemusical.com
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