Bigmouth Strikes Again: The Smiths Show

Salty Brine. Photo by Daniel Albanese
Salty Brine. Photo by Daniel Albanese
Rating
4.7/5

Meandering through a packed house at Joe’s Pub, Salty Brine ascended the stage to perform his musical creation, Bigmouth Strikes Again: The Smith’s Show. In this extravaganza, raconteur Brine delivered a hysterical historical storyline through the songs of 80s rock band The Smiths crafted in the context of Mary Shelley’s gothic novel Frankenstein. That was just the beginning.

Brine’s musical and dramatic narrative was framed along the way by mysterious romantic and tragic anecdotes from littérateurs, including Percy Shelley, John Keats, W. B. Yeats, and Oscar Wilde. We learned to sympathize with the plight of Victor Frankenstein’s Brobdingnagian creation, who, upon seeing himself, realized his bête noire countenance hid his kind heart.

Salty Brine at Joe's Pub. Photo by Edward Kliszus
Salty Brine at Joe’s Pub. Photo by Edward Kliszus

Tonight was an installment from Brine’s remarkably creative The Living Record Collection, a carefully crafted collection of cabaret shows honoring the likes of The Smashing Pumpkins, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Carpenters, Cyndi Lauper, and more. A fantastic creative segment of last words from history’s luminaries illustrated one moment of Brine’s dramatic supremacy.

Brine honored the music of The Smiths through an auto-biographical perspective revealing universal human needs like love, friendship, and realized ambitions. We discovered Brine’s Bible Belt roots in North Carolina and the paths leading him to New York City. The exceedingly talented Brine danced, sang, and spoke in ways that evoked uncontrollable laughter, empathy, or sublime wistful affection.

Brine was the master of his venue with enormous energy, insight, and pathos. The self-deprecating performer strolled among the audience, sometimes sitting on laps while gathering lavish embraces. He truly portrayed his acclaimed role, or as he enjoyed reminding us, as “the downtown darling of the New York cabaret scene.”

Lighting, sound, and music were marvelously crafted to support Brine’s exploratory and well-crafted dramaturg. The audience’s favorite song and quote of the night seemed to be “Istanbul Constantinople” and “a cynic is a romantic who lives in New York.”

An encore and standing ovation finished the night.

Runtime: 90 minutes. Adult themes and content.

The Under Radar Festival Presents

Bigmouth Strikes Again: The Smiths Show
Featuring Salty Brine
On stage in Joe’s Pub at the Public theater

The Public Theater

For tickets and information, go to https://publictheater.org/.

212-967-7555
425 Lafayette St.
New York, NY 10003

Readers may also enjoy our reviews of Cotenna Italian Restaurant, Field of Mars at NYU Skirball, L’Amour a Passy, and Vanessa Williams at 54 Below.

More to explore...

Chez Josephine Restaurant Entrance. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

Chez Josephine

Chez Josephine was the brainchild of Jean-Claude Baker from Burgundy, who named his restaurant after his adoptive mother, Josephine Baker. Baker (born Freda Josephine McDonald was an American-born naturalized French citizen famed as a dancer, singer, and actress.

WTC Oculus and Path to NJ Entrance. Photo by Edward Kliszus

Latham House in Jersey City

I frequently dine around Manhattan while checking out the latest shows, jazz, and classical music venues. Friends recently reminded me that unique, excellent restaurants and sites could be found minutes away in Jersey City.

Pershing Square Café Sign and Entry. Photo by Edward Kliszus.

Pershing Square Café

I’ve often enjoyed Pershing Square Café’s wonderful breakfast specials and especially their legendary pancakes. After enjoying an early evening of swinging jazz across town at Birdland Jazz Club, I walked east from 8th Ave through Times Square on 42nd Street, past Bryant Park and Grand Central towards peaceful Tudor City. Nestled next to Grand Central where Park Avenue intersects 42nd Street is the Pershing Square Café. Tonight, it looked like the perfect quiet place for a post-jazz bite.

Review Categories
Events Tickets Center

COMMENTS

Bigmouth Strikes Again: The Smiths Show

Subscribe
Notify of
guest

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x

Please Join Us!

Sign up to receive the latest posts and reviews.