Lypsinka has her Box Set — and she's touring it through the West. From Los Angeles' Tiffany Theatre, actor John Epperson's fabulous diva creation lip-synchs her way to San Francisco for a run of Lysinka! The Box Set at the Alcazar Theatre Sept. 14. Opening night is Sept. 25. The Box Set ran twice Off-Broadway in 2000, most recently in a five-month run at the Westbeth Theatre. As in Lypsinka's past extravaganzas, the concert artist performs to the soundtrack of classic divas who 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).
Lypsinka! The Box Set is currently selling tickets through Nov. 4. Tickets are $28.50-$45. The Alcazar Theatre is located at650 Geary St. Visit Lypsinka's web site at www.lypsinka.com. For ticket information, call (415) 441-4042.
— By Christine Ehren
and Kenneth Jones