With the Gospel of Luke on one end, Christmas Vacation at center, and Bad Santa at the other, where does your favorite seasonal tale fall on the holiday entertainment continuum? Seems like a resonant holiday tale should include some form of villainous menace, whether it be giant dancing rats or a miserly boss.
In Times Square Angel, a play by New York drag scenester Charles Busch, the leads worst enemy has more in common with Billie Bob Thornton than she has with Cindy Lou Who. Her worst enemy is herself. A hard-living nightclub singer on the proverbial road to ruin, Irish OFlanagans demons appear like Clarence to George Bailey, except our drag queens angel is a vaudeville magician named Albert who wears wings and not much else. Replete with corrupt politicians, a kidnapping scheme, and gun violence, Times Square Angel delivers action and, natch, redemption.