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Opening Night:
July 8, 2010
Closing:
August 5, 2010

Theater: Bowery Poetry Club / 308 Bowery, New York, New York, 10012

Synopsis: 

In the piece, transgender actress Bianca Leigh's recounts the events surrounding her arrest for prostitution. While cooling her 6-inch heels in the clink awaiting sentencing, Bianca looks back at her past and tries to make sense of how a skinny New Jersey boy who dreamed of becoming a great Shakespearean actor ended up as a high-priced dominatrix.

In a tour-de-force performance that is both hilarious and moving, Bianca brings to vivid life more than a dozen characters, from her disapproving mother to the sadistic corrections officer who enacts the ultimate humiliation. With original music by prominent queer composers and lyricists representing every musical genre from Broadway to opera to punk, this night promises to be one to remember.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF A Night at the Tombs

    A Caged Bird Sings the Blues About a Life of Not Fitting In

    Neil Genzlinger

    July 15, 2010: “A Night at the Tombs,” a solo show by the transgender performer Bianca Leigh about the time she spent a night in the Manhattan Detention Complex, sounds as if it ought to be spunky or scandalous. But — not uncommon in transgender theater — it turns out to be largely tease, because nothing much happened during that night of incarceration.

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  • NEW YORK POST REVIEW OF A Night at the Tombs

    Jail tale guides us from brothel to bars

    Elisabeth Vincentelli

    July 16, 2010: Things got hairy for Bianca Leigh when she tried to get less hairy. Born male, Leigh felt she was really female. Since working at Macy's couldn't cover her hormone treatment, in the 1980s she moonlighted as a dominatrix -- until she was busted for soliciting and sent to New York's detention house.

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  • BACKSTAGE REVIEW OF A Night at the Tombs

    A Night at the Tombs

    Erik Haagensen

    July 8, 2010: In her solo show "A Night at the Tombs," the beguiling Bianca Leigh tells us what it was like to be young, gifted, and transgendered in 1980s Manhattan. If the story, surprisingly, is not quite as fresh as anticipated, it's clearly honest and consistently engaging. And because Leigh is equally talented as a writer and an actor, her 75-minute soufflé rises with appealing panache.

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF A Night at the Tombs

    A Night at the Tombs

    Dan Bacalzo

    July 16, 2010: Transgendered performer Bianca Leigh has a wry wit and charming demeanor that enlivens her solo show A Night at the Tombs, performing Thursday nights at the Bowery Poetry Club. Directed and developed by Tim Cusack for Theatre Askew, this monologue with music features original songs by artists such as Taylor Mac, Jeff Whitty, and Ellen Maddow. Unfortunately, the majority of the tunes do not make much of an impression and Leigh's vocal talents are not always up to the challenges of her material.

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