Resident Alien Opens In Brisbane Powerhouse With Standing Ovation

Paul Capsis in Resident Alien

Review By Mirre Jennings

Being effeminate in England was frown upon not only by the general population (real people) but also by the gay community in the 1930’s. Quentin Crisp an androgynous nude model was a beacon standing out with his dandy suites and coloured hair , he found fame as one of the first to speak openly on life as a gay man.

Resident Alien takes place in Crips later years at his filthy New York Apartment with its layers of dust, threadbare clothing, stacks of books and parcels. If you are a Crisp fan you will recognise that almost all the play is derived from Crisps own words. Paul Capsis is devastatingly impressive as Crisp the loneliness and darkness that lies so close to the surface, seeping out though slightly obscured below the bravado and brash statements.

Nothing was off topic, Crisp was honest to a fault but the contradictions did not always sit well with the gay community. He is pro Oprah, pro Thatcher and anti Princess Dianna but always unapologetically outspoken. He foresaw the rise of meaningless Celebrity and many of this other philosophies are even more applicable in this day and age though many would never be acceptable in this day and age.

Expectant visitors see Crisp dress up in his black velvet suite, fix and colour his hair with splashes of purple and apply his makeup, only to have the visitors cancel on him. However there would be more visitors and invitations tomorrow. Despite living a hermit’s life, he still needed to be seen and be recognised as a style icon. It was not until Crisp was in his 90;s that he came to the realisation and that he Identified himself as transgender.

Paul Capsis’ portrayal is engaging and you get a sense of being there in the apartment and semi-exposed .He appears to reach into each person in the audience impossible to ignore.

Resident Alien

STARRING Paul Capsis
PRODUCER Cameron Luke
DIRECTOR Gary Abrahams
WRITER Tim Fountain

Now on for a limited season 17 – 20 May 2018
Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm
Information and Bookings: www.brisbanepowerhouse.org

STARRING Paul Capsis
PRODUCER Cameron Luke
DIRECTOR Gary Abrahams
WRITER Tim Fountain

Now on for a limited season 17 – 20 May 2018
Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm
Information and Bookings: www.brisbanepowerhouse.org

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