After a second two-week extension, actor John Epperson's fabulous diva creation, Lypsinka, will end her run at Off-Broadway's Westbeth Theatre Center, Jan. 27. Her latest show, Lypsinka! The Boxed Set!, had already extended past an intended Dec. 31 close to Jan. 14, 2001, according to a spokesperson.
This run of Boxed Set, which began previews Nov. 8 and opened Nov. 19, is already an encore, having followed a hot-selling September engagement. That run marked the first New York appearance in seven years for Lypsinka. TWEED TheaterWorks, Russell Scott Lewis and Westbeth Theatre Center (Arnold Engelman, producing director) present the return run of the concert artist whose performances to the soundtrack of classic divas have been lauded around the world.
Lypsinka's star turns have been seen in I Could Go On Lip Synching Off Broadway and in Los Angeles, The Fabulous Lypsinka Show, Lypsinka! Now It Can Be Lip Synched, Lypsinka! A Day in the Life, Lypsinka! As I Lay Lip Synching and Lypsinka Must Be Destroyed! (only in San Francisco). S/he has performed in Tokyo and Paris.
Lypsinka was improbably named one of the "Women We Love" by Esquire magazine, and has appeared in the films "Wigstock: The Movie," "Vampire's Kiss" and "Witch Hunt." Lypsinka's speaking debut on stage was in 1998's Lypsinka Is Harriet Craig!. Kevin Malony, a longtime Lypsinka collaborator, directs The Boxed Set. He is artistic director of TWEED, a downtown New York producing organization focused on alternative arts. His credits as writer-director include Varla Jean Merman Is The Bad Seedling.
Designers are Jim Boutin (set) and Mark T. Simpson (lighting).
Tickets are $35-$40. Westbeth Theatre Center is at 151 Bank Street, in Manhattan. Visit Lypsinka's web site at www.lypsinka.com. For ticket information, call (212) 307 4100.
— By Kenneth Jones
and Christine Ehren