in Provincetown: Patti LuPone, Sandra Bernhard, Christine Ebersole and More Perform By the Sea

By Ben Rimalower
03 Jul 2013

Linda Eder

August 3-4 brings Sam Harris to the Art House for more of the brilliance he just exhibited at 54 Below in New York. I hope he'll share another chapter of his dishy and wise memoir, "Ham: Slices of A Life," due out in January from Gallery Books. August 7-9 and 14-16, the Crown & Anchor welcomes Tony nominee and cabaret goddess Sharon McKnight for some gutsy, soulful introspection mixed with sass. And at the Art House Aug. 8-10, I'll be getting goose bumps all over again from the legendary Marilyn Maye, an 80-something spitfire whose belting and musicality and general joy for living could charm the husk right off of corn. If it's belting you like, then Aug. 12-13 is the moment for someone like you to join me at the Crown & Anchor for Linda Eder. Need I say more? Beltier still will be Natalie Joy Johnson and Brian Nash at the Crown Aug. 14-15. Natalie and Brian seem to make music from their souls, which judging by their music, must be really big souls! This is another one I'll enjoy more than once.

You know I won't miss two-time Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole's brilliance at the Art House Aug. 17-18. I'm excited to see her with Seth Rudetsky. I hope he makes her sing "The Music That Makes Me Dance," like she did on Michael Feinstein's American Songbook on PBS. Sublime!

The end of summer at the Crown & Anchor will be a busy time for me, with such great acts to catch as international air hostess parodist Pam Ann (Aug. 19-20), Paula Poundstone (two shows Aug. 25), and the LOL-inducing dizzy drag queen with the legit musical theatre vocal chops, Paige Turner Aug. 20-23. August 26-27, I'll be reveling in the absolutely essential Provincetown act, "drag-apella" superstars, The Kinsey Sicks, in their new show, America's Next Top Bachelor Housewife Celebrity Hoarder Makeover Star! The Kinseys are just genius, combining incisive song parodies with musicality and style far beyond the call of duty for such funny — not to mention edgy and interesting — performances. You'll laugh at the punchlines and then spend days singing the melodies to yourself. About a week after that, you'll realize they made you think about a political issue. I can't wait to take the whole ride again.