Magnificent drag personality, academically inflected lefty, and scourge of Facebook's identity police, Lil Miss Hot Mess goes way beyond lip-synching on the stage. We profiled her once before, actually. Now comes the news that she's moving to New York to get an advanced degree in media studies (don't do it!), so it's time for that most venerable of institutions, the one-woman, one-night-only farewell show. Is That All There Is? happens next Thursday, Aug. 13, at Oasis.
(She'll probably do another one in about seven years when she moves from New York to Muncie, Ind. or Ypsiltanti, Mich. or some other Frost Belt college town, where she moves in pursuit of a tenure-track position at a prestigious institution of neoliberalism.)
[jump] Anyhoo, if you've never seen Lil Miss Hot Mess before, her name says a lot but fails to fully capture the totality of her immense talents. She's really good at roller skating and bar mitzvah'ed herself twice, but in spite of her ever-accruing fame owing to Facebook's “real” names policy, she never stopped giving newbie drag queens generous pointers. In Is That All There Is?, she'll be performing, and possibly retiring, some of her greatest hits at Oasis, and maybe giving some of her wardrobe away at a sidewalk sale later.
This one will sell out, so get your tickets in advance. The #FOMO will be acute and painful, like if you missed out on the last of the marked-down Lane Bryant casual separates at Loehmann's.
Is That All There Is?, Thursday, Aug. 13, 10 p.m., $15 at Oasis, 298 11th St.