Dangerous When Wet: Booze, Sex, And My Mother | Open: 07/14/18 Close: 07/24/18
Sodomite Jamie Brickhouse’s alcoholic odyssey from small-town sissy to louche Manhattanite is wickedly intoxicating as he hits bottom and discovers he can’t escape the all-consuming love of his Texas tornado of a mother, Mama Jean. Darkly comic, you’ll cry laughing. Based on Jamie’s (three-time Moth StorySLAM champion; voices on Beavis and Butthead) critically-acclaimed memoir that Interview called “as funny as an evening with Carrie Fisher,” and playwright Paul Rudnick praised as “witty, blisteringly honest, and wickedly intoxicating,” it was a FRIGID Festival “Audience Choice Award” winner and “Best Bet.” Directed by Obie Award-winning David Drake, it's set against a multi-media backdrop of evocative photos, home movies, vintage postcards, and music haunted by Peggy Lee’s “Is That All There Is?” as Jamie tells the story of wrestling way too close to—and later loose from—booze, sex, and his overbearing, adorable Mama Jean. From the age of five stuck in Beaumont, Texas, all Jamie wanted was to be at a cocktail party with a martini in one hand and a cigarette in the other. All Mama Jean wanted was to keep him at that age, her Jamie doll forever. Mama Jean cast a long shadow throughout Jamie’s life, no matter how deep in booze he swam or how far away from her amid New York’s drinking set he strayed. Dangerous When Wet is a unique story about alcoholism, illness, death, AIDS, family heartbreak, and the relationship between a gay son and his mother. This production is presented as a part of the 2018 Capital Fringe Festival, a program of the Washington, DC non-profit Capital Fringe.
“Hilarious…[and] dark... [Jamie is a] top teller.” –TimeOut New York
“Thoroughly entertaining.” —Theater is Easy
“Rib-tickling funny.” —Hi! Drama
“Stunning performer.” —NY Theater Guide