Archives for April 2015

Death Continues It’s Dance Into The New Year

Dancing with Death

Death. It’s inevitable. You have to face it sometime, so why not do it with a story, a song and a 2 Drink Minimum?

Raconteur and dark Humorist Thomas Honeck charms his audience with stories and songs of hilarity and heartache. Its a thought-provoking and unique look at life through the eyes of death. You just might see life in a whole new light.

It is a ruminating rumba on our relationship with Death and how her choreography can influence life, featuring songs by Peter Gabriel, Laura Nyro, Chris De Burgh and Mary Chapin-Carpenter. The dance card will be one of Music, Merriment and Madness – well, just a touch.

The award winning Entertainer of Himself, Thomas Honeck, returns to the stage for his 3rd solo show after a seven year hiatus to run the world-famous Duplex Cabaret Theatre. Thomas was last seen in his MAC Award winning show “Dreaming Wide Awake,” a show about how dreaming can alter the course of a life. When not on the stage, he has spent the last 17 years studying with Shamans from around the world. Despite all the cultural differences, what he resoundingly learned was that to truly celebrate life, you must fully embrace death.

Directed by his creative partner, Lisa Moss, the same team that produced the critically acclaimed “Social Intercourse” and “Sing Me A Story.” Thomas and Lisa were both recently honored with a 2014 Bistro Award for being a highly innovative and creative team.

Musical Direction by Andrew Sotomayor, with Jordan Jancz on cello.

Rob Lester of Cabaret Scenes:

“The phrase “A Must-See!!!” is overused in cabaret hype. With Thomas Honeck’s Dancing with Death it is one of the very few times I’ve ever wanted to use it with no hesitation.” Click on the link below for the rest of the review:

Remy Block of

“Through Dancing with Death, Thomas Honeck elevates the genre of cabaret by taking a sophisticated, personal look at a juicy, difficult topic. Despite the ostensibly grim material, the show is cathartic and uplifting. He reminds us that none of us is getting out of here alive, and to ask ourselves whether we’re living every day as if it were our last.” Click on the link below for the rest of the review:

Roy Sander of

“Yes, the subject is death, but don’t be put off by that. The show is a rather jubilant extravaganza (“extravaganza” is a relative term here—after all, it is on the Duplex stage), a mixture of personal anecdotes, songs, and choreography—all of it engrossing, much of it very funny, and some of it touching. If you know Honeck only as the soft-spoken general manager of the club, you’ll probably be surprised at how dynamic an entertainer he is. On the other hand, if you’ve seen either of his other two shows, you already know that.”

From Mark Dundas Wood’s review

“In “Dancing with Death” the affable Thomas Honeck sings an array of songs (some comic, some serious) about the inevitability of mortality. But the result is far from depressing. On the contrary, the show puts things in a life-affirming perspective and is often invigorating.”

In lieu of a cover, please bring a check made out to “JDRF” (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) or The ALS Association for $15 – we’ll take cash too, it’s just not a tax donation for you. And yes, there is a 2 Drink Minimum to help you through it all.

The first 5 performances of the show have raised over $4,900 dollars for the charities! And over all, the 17 shows performed over the last 10 years have raised over $16,900.

A BENEFIT for ALS and JDRF Organizations
Reservations with the link below:

Wednesday, May 27th at 7pm
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Mouths of Babes

Mouths of Babes

This tender tomboy and rough-and-tumble lady come together to melt hearts and shake souls with undeniable chemistry and a truly unexpected heralding of wisdom. Mouths of Babes’ sound is equal parts celebration and blues, folk and soul, salve and anthem—an invitation to love this life, to sing your sob story and end it with a smile. These two songwriters light up the stage—juggling harmonies, guitar, bass, foot percussion, cajon, banjo, harmonica, and ukulele from song to song, inviting the audience to join the choir, and engaging listeners with sentiments that range from heartfelt to hilarious.

In her twelve years with popular folk-pop quartet Girlyman, Ty Greenstein established herself as a prolific songwriter and gifted lyricist, a talented multi-instrumentalist, and a magnetic presence onstage. Relix Magazine writes, “The poignant honesty that Ty brings to [her] tunes gives them an emotional intensity that’s as bracing as it is moving,” while the Americana Gazette praises her powerful lyrics: “Tylan’s practice of extending metaphors out toward a precipice keeps an unpredictable edge to [her] songs. Most writers would stop at the easy close. Ty jumps, leaving much to imagination, to powerful effect.”

Over the course of seven years with sultry roots trio Coyote Grace, Ingrid Elizabeth played the upright bass, wrote and sang, commanding audiences with her larger-than-life sassiness and professional dancer’s grace. Curve Magazine claims, “The fiery redheaded bassist…is the unabashed, unapologetic woman who isn’t afraid to yell it all from the rooftops,” and Amy Ray (Indigo Girls) once marveled, “They write such heart wrenching melodies and make such textured harmonies that I find myself enraptured and taken by their timelessness of song.”

The new material from Mouths of Babes finds Ty’s heartfelt songs being lifted up by Ingrid’s infectious irreverence, while Ingrid’s songs dig for a deep taproot of universality a la Ty’s literate leanings. In September 2014 the duo recorded their debut EP, Faith & Fumes, which was released to much fan acclaim in December 2014, and EP Release Tours are being planned through the end of 2015.

$15 Ticket in Advance & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre

Sunday, April 19th at 6:30pm
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Love Stinks! The Gay Men’s Chorus

Love Stinks

Soloists from the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington share their universal experiences of love–and survival–through stories and song.

$20 Ticket in advance and a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre
$25 Ticket at the Door (plus service charge) and a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre

Saturday, April 18th at 4:30pm
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Saturday, April 18th at 7:00pm
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Jenn Harris – The Moment You Been Waiting Four

Jenn Harris - The Moment You Been Waiting Four

Jenn likes her Barbies, her version of MTV music videos, and working it ALL out. In her first solo show ever since her bedroom at the age of 7, Jenn uses props and pop music from her past & present to examine whatever and get her through the week…

Critics have called Jenn “Fun to watch”, “Wonderfully droll”, “She puts a quirky spin on both verbal and physical comedy”, “Minimalist’s discipline and unshakeable onstage sangfroid”, “Jenn Harris takes audiences down comedic rabbit holes.”

Jenn’s friends call her:
Randy- “Ugh. Creative, hilarious, ingenious, whacky, astute, absurdist, fierce.”
Matt- “Ballsy, weird, explosive, fun, stupid, childish, brave, crazy, joyful, positive, energetic.”
Jamie (No longer a friend)- “….nice…when you know you are gonna get something free. Kinda dominating, but clean.”

Me: “Dad how would you describe my work? In one word?”
Dad: “Are you talking about the writing stuff or the performance stuff? I don’t know but we are kinda biased. We’ve never seen anything bad unless we are going to go back to college stuff, but even then it wasn’t your fault because it was the writing, but anything we’ve seen you do, you do great, and steal the show and it’s like, Jesus God! It’s nuts. Come on already! We are disappointed in the business. I mean GOD!…Okay, ONE word to describe your work, ahh…I don’t know? Great for us. ‘Great’ I guess? Overachieving. Well, I guess you could take that as bad, but you know. Uh…Underappreciated. You can give that to the casting directors. I mean the business department is disappointing. But it ain’t over. I mean how old is that guy from WHIPLASH? And no one even knew him except for that insurance commercial, and but still, he was old then! I mean how old was Kevin Spacey before he got the movie 7?”

Jenn Harris is a New York City actress best known for playing Clarice Starling in the Off Broadway hit, “SILENCE! The Musical”, Lortel and Theater World Award winner for “Modern Orthodox”, and co-star of the Indi hit film “GAYBY”. She was a regular in “Our Hit Parade” at Joe’s Pub and has done numerous Off Broadway and Regional plays. Some TV credits include “30 Rock”, “Alpha House”, “Bored To Death” and the films “Better Living Through Chemistry”, “A Case Of You”, “Confessions of a Shopaholic” and the upcoming “5Doctors”. She is a member of QWAN company who perform dramatic staged parodies of films (NOTES! and SWAN!!!) and are currently in development of a new perfect mess. She was in season two of the wildly successful web series “HIGH MAINTENANCE” and writes web content for Conde Nast Entertainment. She and her partner, Jimmy Gribbin, share Her vintage web series “Meet The Agents” and many other performance videos can be seen on Youtube for free!

Monday, April 13th at 9:30pm
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