â€œCelebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Wordsâ€ Gay Pride Edition
Celebrities are not necessarily dopier than the rest of us. Certainly Sylvester Stallone is not the only one who has said â€œI actually converse with certain parts of my bodyâ€¦â€ and Debbie Reynolds is not the only one to wax philosophical about the woman who stole her husband, in her case Elizabeth Taylor: â€œElizabeth should have a lover, even if it’s yours.â€ 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 â€œCelebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Wordsâ€ at the Triad Theater on West 72nd Street, which the New York Times has called â€œBig Yuks entertainmentâ€ and Time Magazine called â€œthe funniest docu-theater stunt of the yearâ€ (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 â€œUgly Betty,â€ 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 Jonesâ€¦.How could it get any gayer?