“Rev. Mary: Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll” Review by lead reviewer, Max Berry
Rev. Mary (Mary Elizabeth Micari) is back and this time with sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Bringing her signature charm and stunning vocals to a collection of songs spanning from 1923-1951, Micari once again gives a thoroughly entertaining performance.
Taking full advantage of Valentine’s Day weekend, we are given a list of all the dirty words that will be used in the show. Many of which span from the simple and obvious to the absurd and complicated. Definitely a fun thing to leaf through before the show begins. The words were also a nice companion as the songs became more and more full of innuendo.
As with all her shows, Micari provides a little history of each song in-between, adding her own wit and commentary as she goes along. These are always a welcomed addition to any Rev. Mary show and this was no exception. The history this time included things such as a mysterious woman who recorded dirty songs in secret and the history behind each innuendo. We were transported to a time that was a lot dirtier than we might have realized and forced to question our own hang ups about sex and if we should just loosen up and have a little fun already!
One cannot discuss these performances without discussing Micari’s incredible vocal talent. Once again, bringing her vast vocal range and hypnotic sound to the stage. Like always, she is accompanied by Dan Furman on the piano who is just as fun to watch and mesmerizing to listen to. This time around Micari was also accompanied by Titus Tompkins on percussion who moved with a speed and skill that was both entertaining and impressive. One of the highlights of the show was when he and Micari performed a washboard duet, getting progressively faster with each turn until each of their hands were just a blur flying across the board.
Micari brings another entertaining performance to Pangea and a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. If you haven’t made it to a Rev. Mary show yet, I highly recommend you catch the next one. You are not going to want to miss it.
“Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll” was performed by Mary Elizabeth Micari at Pangea (178 Second Ave New York, NY 10003).