SHOW: Gayze: A Real Live Webseries by MJ/JT
GROUP: MJ and JT
ATTENDED: Sat., Sept. 7, 7:00 pm, Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar
CLOSED: Sun., Sept. 8
BRIEF SELF-DESCRIPTION: "What happens when real queerz show up in a straight-laced gay webseries? Fast-forward, re-wind, or skip to the next episode, Gayze is a REAL LIVE WEBSERIES that happens LIVE IN FRONT OF YOU."
WE THINK: From its opening monologue delivered in the form of a Craigslist personal ad, it’s clear that Gayze is a zeitgeist-y affair. Following the misadventures of a diverse group of hip, urban twentysomethings, this three-part performance is the kind that makes you want to use “Internet” as an adjective. With its soundtrack of Tegan and Sara, The Smiths and Magnetic Fields to jokes about non-hierarchical meditation retreats and sex-toy joint custody, Gayze manages to both celebrate and lampoon its own unique point of view.
But while the three episodes of Gayze are rife with millennial-specific moments — funnier, probably, to those with a preexisting familiarity with hipster culture and Tumblr notions of social justice — the show is most subversive in its deliberate reliance on physical comedy and familiar sitcom tropes. The structure of each episode mimics that of a classic sitcom, right down to the cold open and elaborately choreographed theme song. Gayze even alludes specifically to popular comedies by incorporating their sound effects — most notably the iconic Seinfeld bass line. The result is both tongue-in-cheek and radical. By recasting such a recognizable form with a cast of queers and people of color, Gayze carves out a place for these groups in a medium in which they’ve historically been excluded and underrepresented.
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