Mary Lou, Israeli Musical About a Teenage Drag Queen, Makes Its U.S. Premiere Saturday
|Mary Lou is the drag persona of Meir (Ido Rozenberg) in Mary Lou.|
Although he searches for his mother, Meir (needless to say) finds himself instead. As with most fairy tales, from The Ugly Duckling to A Star is Born, the plot is melodramatic, moralistic and often predictable. Yet Mary Lou -- the name of Meir's drag persona after he moves to Tel Aviv -- entertainingly pushes the bounds with an unflagging parade of energetic production numbers of Pick's love songs.
|Miriam (Maya Dagan) may or may not be a backup singer for a famous pop star in Mary Lou.|
Mary Lou was produced as a four-part miniseries for Israeli television, where Fox achieved success before directing the international hits Yossi & Jagger and Walk on Water. It's being released in the U.S. as a two-and-a-half-hour feature.
Mary Lou plays at the Castro Theatre Saturday through Wednesday, Sept. 17-21. Admission is $7.50-$10.