Never the quiet sort when it comes to performing, Karen Finley has named her latest show, Shut Up and Love. Nov. 7-11, she'll bring her views on sex to Theater LaB Houston for four performances.
The piece, about sex, features Finley's uniquely histrionic version of "On the Road" as she "deconstructs the Electra complex, skewers Winnie the Pooh," and offers her own version of a striptease, wherein she slathers herself with honey. Considered one of the most visceral performance artists of her generation, Finley employs theatre, performance, spoken word and visual art with her darkly humorous and arresting performances.
Finley is the recipient of two Obies, two Bessies, and numerous grants from the NEA and NYSCA. She has toured internationally with numerous pieces including The American Chestnut, We Keep Our Victims Ready, and A Certain Level of Denial.
In 1990, after receiving continued support from the NEA, Finley became an unwilling symbol for political influences on arts funding when she, along with Tim Miller, Holly Hughes and John Fleck, sued the NEA for withdrawing grants on the grounds of indecency.
Finley, whose last book was "Pooh Unplugged," has done a spread in Playboy magazine and made numerous appearances on the televised program, "Politically Incorrect." Other past projects included 1-900 ALL KAREN, which was sponsored by Creative Time, and the Obie Award winning The Return of The Chocolate Smeared Woman. Tickets are $22. Theater LaB Houston is located at 1706 Alamo Street. For reservations, call (713) 868-7516. Theater LaB Houston is on the web at http://www.theaterlabhouston.com.
— By Christine Ehren
and David Lefkowitz