In Mineola, people live in the suburbs, go play bingo, go to the PTA, and salute the flag. Mineola is so dull, people keep their blinds UP because nothing ever happens on a Saturday night." So reads the blurb for The Mineola Twins, a new spoof by Paula Vogel premiering Nov. 15, at Alaska's Perseverance Theatre. Dubbed "a politically incorrect comedy of the sexes" by director Molly Smith, Mineola Twins spoofs the sexual politics of the last 30 years. Smith cautions that the play is geared towards "mature audiences with a healthy sense of humor" because of its take on the religious right, gender confusion, lesbianism, abortion, liberals and Republicans.
Sounds like just the kind of play that would be ideal for New York Theatre Workshop (home of Rent, right? Well, the show will, in fact, play there, Jan. 1997, though (according to spokesperson Lynda Giguere) not with the original Alaskan cast of Luan Schooler, Marta Ann Lastufka and Jason Blackwell.
Starting during the Eisenhower administration and spanning three decades in the lives of twins Myrna and Myra (one good, one evil), Mineola was written during Vogel's residence in Alaska. Vogel has called The Perserverance her favorite theatre in the United States: "Very exciting things in my career have started here. My last production that Perserverance premiered, The Baltimore Waltz, ended up with a Pulitzer Prize nomination and an Obie Award."
Other Vogel works include Desdemona and And Baby Makes Seven. Her next stage project is a stage adaptation of The War Of The Worlds for Anne Bogart's Saratoga International Theatre Institute, scheduled to premiere at Minneapolis' Walker Museum in 1997-98.
For information on the show that "makes meatloaf of our most sacred cows," call (907) 364-2421. It runs to Dec. 1.
-- By David Lefkowitz