David Drake Productions

CRITIC'S PICK: 
The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac

“Mr. Mac is one of the most engaging and assured performers around, and one of the most fearless. This one-man show, directed by David Drake, has his usual drag finery, outlandish stories and ukulele-accompanied songs, but it also has a compelling point, about the security bubble we encase ourselves in, shutting out the possibility of surprise.”

Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times

“This highly entertaining, charming, and audacious stream-of-conscious monologue touches upon contemporary anxieties as filtered through Mac’s thoughts and experiences. There's a bold, fearless quality to his stage persona that makes Mac fascinating to watch; yet he also exudes a kind geniality that is seemingly at odds with his bizarre outward appearance. The piece is directed by David Drake, who knows a thing or two about solo performance. While it's difficult to determine just how extensive his contributions are, he can certainly be credited for helping Mac shape The Be(a)st into more than just a loose collection of songs and stories. The well-paced show gradually builds momentum, and culminates in a song that should seem hokey -- with a refrain about how "everything will be alright" -- but is instead strangely uplifting and hopeful.”

Dan Bacalzo, Theatremania.com