Ohlook revives “Trannie” late-night, kicks off gay-friendly summer season with “Hairspray”

Posted on 26 Jun 2012 at 3:07pm

Your son may not come out tomorrow, but Trannie will.

Ohlook Performing Arts Center, which debuted the weirdly sweet musical Trannie — about a cross-dressing teen searching for her two daddies — in 2011 at its previous home in Grapevine, is reviving the musical satire at their new home. It’s still a late-night, adults-only kind of show, written by Matthew Lord (he of the Redneck Tenors), with songs like “It’s a Knocked Up Life.”

It also caps off an otherwise pretty gay season planned at Ohlook: The summer season opens Friday with Hairspray (running through July 8), followed by Spring Awakening (July 13–22) and Xanadu (July 27–Aug. 5) — a triumvirate of queer-centric musical comedy (though I wouldn’t describe Spring Awakening as funny). Those shows start at 7:30 p.m., with Trannie running June 29–July 14 starting at 10:30 p.m. (on Sundays, it starts at 7:30 p.m. following an afternoon matinee). (The second half of the season features Scary Musical as the late-night show.)

We like Trannie the first time around, and Ohlook — which often performs shows aimed at children — is one of the most gay-friendly small theaters in North Texas. We like that, too.

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