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Taylor Mac is returning to the Sydney Opera
House this summer in a ourish of sequins and
satire with his new show, e Ziggy Stardust Meets
Tiny Tim Songbook or Comparison Is Violence. e re-
cipient of an Obie and an artist whose previous play
made the top 10 lists of e New Yorker and e New
York Post, this rarity of a show is not to be missed.
I asked Mac about the title of his show and he told
me that journalists had started comparing him to Zig-
gy Stardust and Tiny Tim, so he researched the two
and decided to do a show about comparison. He said,
"I don't really feel I have much in common with either
one of them [David Bowie or Tiny Tim] other than
we're working in the genre of gender-bender and we're
theatrical. e show itself is not really about Zigg y or
Mr. Tim but more about comparison and all the glori-
ous and dysfunctional ways we use it."
Above all, Taylor Mac is about people. His shows al-
ways ask the audience to come closer, then come togeth-
er, and to think about what being human is all about.
Tell me, Taylor, what can people expect at your show?
Lots of glitter, vocal athletics, high and low brow humour,
improv, cra , poetry, a ukulele, and a good freaking time.
For everyone? Is there a difference in how lesbians
respond to your work compared to gay men?
I think the lesbians like me more than most drag queens
because I'm not a female impersonator. I do drag but I
never try to convince people I'm a woman. is means
women can relax and not be overwhelmed by the de-
bate of whether drag is misogynistic. I don't believe it
is but understand why the ladies could see it that way.
I can guarantee there won't be any vagina jokes or lip-
synching. Of course the gay men might be disappointed
by this but I got tricks for them to enjoy as well.
Your shows are generally political pieces commu-
nicated through humour, glamour, and story. How
important is it to work on disarming an audience to
Extremely. You have to communicate responsibly or
nobody hears anything. I like to surprise my audiences
not shock them. If you surprise them they feel things.
If you shock them, they'll shut down.
Taylor Mac's Ziggy Stardust Meets Tiny Tim is playing
at the Studio, Sydney Opera House, Feb 25 & 26;
March 3 & 4. More info sydneyoperahouse.com
Taylor Mac brings his irreverent humour to the Opera House
for Mardi Gras. By Jillian Eugenios
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