Once upon a time…Dandy Darkly was accused of misogyny and celebrating the “murder of women”. (More on that in a bit.)
“Dandy Darkly’s Pussy Panic!” is Dandy's response to such criticism. The show is a frank evaluation of the macabre motifs found within his art and how his "masterful storytelling" rises above the misnomer of misogyny. Dandy Darkly's Pussy Panic! is a collection of four horrific, hilarious tales set to music:
- A young lady’s supernatural genitalia is the obsession of an old boys' club…
- A superstar celebrity seeks her final, definitive reinvention at any cost…
- An elderly lesbian discovers love and loss via assisted living...
- A mincing mortician to the Hollywood elite takes his undertaking very, very seriously…
All performed in the poetic, spiraling, “jaw-dropping” style that only Dandy Darkly does so very well.
Pussy Panic! was conceived when a young woman confronted Dandy following a performance at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe, accusing him of "celebrating the murder of women". The interaction caused him to take a serious assessment of his transgressive work.
Says Dandy, "The horror genre can be very cruel to women. Likewise, gay men are often quite flippant in reference to the female anatomy. But is it hate? This is the heritage of humor and horror I’ve drawn on for years as my ghoulish inspiration. But the world has changed. In particular, a gender revolution has the LGBT community minding our p's and q's. Polite society has gotten very polite. I’m not exactly convinced for the better.”
Dandy Darkly is a classically vicious sissy, an unapologetic pansy who exists in an exhaustive world of increased political correctness. His options are to evolve along with or go extinct.
He’d rather just tell ghost stories.
“Dandy Darkly’s Pussy Panic!” is directed by NY based theater director Ian Bjorklund with original music by pianist Adam Tendler (88x50) and percussionist Rachel Blumberg (Arch Cape, Death Vessel) with Bryce Edwards (Boy Crazy, isotoners).
"Pussy Panic!" Is written and performed by Dandy Darkly, New York City’s critically-acclaimed, alternative-cabaret storyteller and compere incomperable. He performs and produces across the US in such esteemed venues as The Slipper Room, Dixon Place and The Celebration of Whimsy Theatre. And less esteemed venues like his annual guerilla performances beneath Provincetown's infamous Dick Dock. His 2013 Edinburgh debut “Dandy Darkly’s Gory Hole!” garnered rave reviews from the Fringe press:
“Don’t be put off by the unsettling title. How ghost stories should be told. ” MUST SEE! The Stage
“Unlike anything else at the Fringe, or indeed elsewhere.”
★★★★ Time Out
“A shuddering, juddering climax of orgiastic transgression!" ★★★★ Edinburgh Reporter
“Mesmerizing, enchanting yet terrifying.”
★★★★★ FreshFringe Radio