Friday, June 3, 2016

Sassy diva Sandra Bernhard headlines Gay Days at Parliament House

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 9:31 AM

click to enlarge KEVIN THOMAS GARCIA
  • Kevin Thomas Garcia
Are you ready to feel the Bernhard? OK, now that we've got that out of the way (look, it was inevitable), we can kvell over the thought of La Bernhard, here, in our tiny town. There's no one like Bernhard, who's perfected a dirty-mouthed, confrontational, vicious-diva persona over three decades of performance. It's hard to define her act, but she came up in comedy like an unholy combination of Lenny Bruce and Patti Smith and blazed through film (she almost stole King of Comedy from Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis), TV (she played TV's first out lesbian character on Roseanne) and stage (her off-Broadway show Without You I'm Nothing, With You I'm Not Much Better was also released as a double album and on video). By some accounts, that ferocious edge isn't quite as keen or mean as it once was; you might expect a loosely improvised monologue akin to her daily Sirius XM show, "Sandyland." Her performance at the P-House is part of this weekend's Gay Day festivities, and she's joined by '90s R&B star Deborah Cox ("Nobody's Supposed to Be Here"); also listed are "adult film stars" and "foam party," so just imagine the possibilities.

8 p.m. Saturday, June 4 | Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail | 407-425-7571 | parliamenthouse.com | $25-$75

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