“Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words” Gay Pride Edition

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Celebrities are not necessarily dopier than the rest of us. Certainly Sylvester Stallone is not the only one who has said “I actually converse with certain parts of my body…” and Debbie Reynolds is not the only one to wax philosophical about the woman who stole her husband, in her case Elizabeth Taylor: “Elizabeth should have a lover, even if it’s yours.” Only celebrities, though, get these things published in books.
That is why every Monday night for the past year and a half, performers (some of whom are themselves well-known) have been reading from hundreds of celebrity memoirs in “Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words” at the Triad Theater on West 72nd Street, which the New York Times has called “Big Yuks entertainment” and Time Magazine called “the funniest docu-theater stunt of the year” (Were there many funny docu-theater stunts last year?) Last week the show won a Drama Desk Award as best Unique Theatrical Experience.
Now, for one day only, comes a new spin: “Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words — Gay Pride Edition” will be presented Friday, June 26 at Off-Broadway’s Gramercy Theater on East 23rd Street. Among the performers will be Michael Urie, who plays Marc St. James on “Ugly Betty,” but one question lingers: The regular show has featured the memoirs of Elizabeth Taylor, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Britney Spears, Madonna, Ivana Trump, Sylvester, Kathie Lee Gifford, Vanna White, Star Jones….How could it get any gayer?

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