Though Lisa Kron has been having success with her Drama Desk-nominated 2.5 Minute Ride at the Public Theater, her next project returns her to her home-base: The Five Lesbian Brothers. Kron, real-life partner Peg Healey, Maureen Angelos, Babs Davy and Dominique Dibbell will revive Brave Smiles...Another Lesbian Tragedy at Off-Off-Broadway's P.S. 122, June 18-27.
The sisterly Brothers' last production was Brides of the Moon at New York Theater Workshop, which was not as well-received as perhaps their most famous piece, The Secretaries, a 1994 Obie winner.
Brave Smiles follows five orphan girls over five decades, taking them from the Tilue-Pussenheimer Academy to "their inevitable tragic ends."
The promotional postcard for Brave Smiles gives some idea of the Brothers's cheeky humor. All except Healey (who apparently plays the Academy matron) bear wistful, chin-up smiles as they hold such lesbian themed tomes as "The Well of Loneliness," "The Children's Hour," "My Two Loves" and, of course, "Maedchen in Uniform."
The Lesbian Brothers are officially ten years old this year, having met at the WOW Cafe in 1989. In 1997 they published the Simon & Schuster book, "The Five Lesbian Brothers Guide to Life." For information on Brave Smiles...Another Lesbian Tragedy call (212) 477-5288.
-- By David Lefkowitz