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Weddings of Mass Destruction

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WEDDINGS OF MASS-DESTRUCTION, GayCo Productions and Second City Theatricals, at Victory Gardens Theater. Edgier than GayCo's usual sketch shows, this revue focuses on gays and lesbians marrying in Massachusetts. More broadly, the topic is the quest for ordinariness--which makes for interesting debate on where the gay community is going. One man laments the loss of the easy sex he used to find in Provincetown, now overrun with gay couples registered at Pottery Barn. In another sidelong take, two presumably straight men--working-class White Sox fans--decide to marry so they can share health insurance.

Most of the sketches should appeal to anyone who's ever been in a relationship. But the sharpest sketch isn't about marriage at all--instead it looks at the mainstreaming of gays and lesbians. Jim Bennett, John Bonny, and Matt Elwell begin by spoofing Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, then don "pinkface"--"the color of the decade!"--plus white gloves, top hats, and tails. Shuffling along brightly to minstrel music, they sing that they're "helpful and harmless queers" just trying to make nice with America. For gays and lesbians, this bit poses a serious question: can we find acceptance without losing ourselves?

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