Hooray for Hollyweird

Let’s say you’re a gay teenager, and you’re growing up in the barrio in Hollywood. You can count on being picked on for being queer, and maybe you’ll develop a fondness for original cast recordings and reruns of Bewitched. Chances are, you’ll have a small-minded, ethnocentric uncle who wants to send you to boot camp. But a stalker? A Mormon stalker? A run-in with Homeland Security? And a depressed mom who’s hooked on Citalopram?

Little Queen, a new comedy by Guillermo Reyes, has all these things. Presented by Teatro Bravo and directed by Andres Alcala, the story of a gay kid who enters an Academy Awards-themed competition in hopes of winning a college scholarship promises high comedy and pages of commentary on contemporary culture. Katie McFadzen and Debra K. Stevens star, alongside Israel Jimenez, Eric Boudreau, and Ricky Araiza.

Sat., May 23, 8 p.m.; Fri., May 29, 8 p.m.; Sat., May 30, 8 p.m.; Fri., June 5, 8 p.m.; Sat., June 6, 8 p.m.; Sun., June 7, 2 p.m., 2009
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Robrt L. Pela has been a weekly contributor to Phoenix New Times since 1991, primarily as a cultural critic. His radio essays air on National Public Radio affiliate KJZZ's Morning Edition.
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