Actor John Epperson's fabulous diva creation, Lypsinka, made her first New York City appearance in seven years Sept. 7, when Lypsinka! The Boxed Set, began at the Westbeth Theatre Center — and she's sticking around.
TWEED TheaterWorks and Russell Scott Lewis are adding a week to the limited run of the concert artist whose performances to the soundtrack of classic divas have been lauded around the world. The Boxed Set continues to Sept. 30 (it was originally to close Sept. 24). Opening night was Sept. 10.
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). She 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.
Tickets to The Boxed Set are $27.50-$32.50. Westbeth Theatre Center is at 151 Bank Street, in Manhattan. Call (212) 206-1515 for tickets, and try the web site at www.lypsinka.com.
-- By Kenneth Jones