Actor John Epperson's fabulous diva creation, Lypsinka, makes her first New York City appearance in seven years Sept. 7-24, when Lypsinka! The Boxed Set, plays the Westbeth Theatre Center. TWEED TheaterWorks and Russell Scott Lewis present the limited 16 performance run of the concert artist whose performances -- to the soundtrack of classic divas -- have been lauded around the world. Opening night is Sept. 10.
Her 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 Lypskina 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