Went to my first ever Trannyshack on Friday night. It was Depeche Mode vs. Siouxsie and the Banshees, how could I resist? Though I was slightly disappointed that no one performed “Christine” (not only my namesake, but a song clearly about a transvestite), the show was pretty spectacular. Despite the popular misconception that drag shows are all fluff and gags, there was some real depth to the performances that night. Granted, there was a drag queen dicing up her husband and shooting girl scouts to Siouxsie’s “Happy House”, there were also heavy portrayals of the saddest parts of history, including the Native Americans exploited by the white men and the struggle for equality in the gay community. Intense stuff, but ridiculous amounts of fun nonetheless.
Check their website for upcoming shows, though I will warn you that dark themes are few and far between.