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

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.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Grapevine’s Ohlook Performing Arts Center announces Adult Late Night Summer series

Grapevine’s Ohlook Performing Arts Center has definitely caught our attention of late with a smattering of very gay theater. Who knew Grapevine had such a hankering?And it gets better.

Ohlook’s PR guy John Davenport just announced their Adult Late Night Summer series which is maybe not as gay, but a whole lot of fun. If you’re having a hard time deciding on which to see, why not try all three of them at Ohlook’s package rate?

Find the line up of shows after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez