Came, They were Seen, They conquered! as the bawdiest of the Grove revisited
Kismet for the third time.
Love this event” Paulie smiled, watching the courtyard fill up, as he
obsequiously kept delivering drinks to them.
arrived by special Water taxi from the Grove, visiting royalty;
Hardcore winner of this year’s prestigious title “Homecoming Queen”, all former
Miss Fire Island contest winners, Entertainer of the Year, Miss Cherry Grove among
their cumulative titles. Royalty indeed!
start off the water taxi, dash through the early audience to their “backstage”
tent where they transform themselves from the street to stage versions of drag
own DJ Brian “ the most scared straight man in Kismet’
sets up the complicated make up ritual
Dharling getting ready
“star” Logan Hardcore at home anywhere – even in a tent.
audience was mostly new which worked well because because the material was
Smith and friends getting in the pre-show mood
& Ken, family and friends in special Kismet appearance
time at show – really psyched
night out! Their preferred target is tables of women whom they insult (clothes,
etc) in a way they even know they are getting ridiculed.
and a crowd “victim”. She’s the Don Rickles of Grove – merrily insulting the
costumers who love it.
Dharling – outstanding terpsichorean
2 Divas interact with the audience. Brenda Dharling was more dancer than sass –
their outfits like their skin in contrast.
a Grove favorite for 26 years, “singing” to the crowd, looking angelic while
delivering the most shocking of lyrics.
Logan in opulent costume
favorite thing” Logan demurred – sarcastically – “the hottest day of the year
and I have my --- tucked up my….”
changes, too, posing obligingly
yet another! As she exhorts crowd for money
Us!!! she demanded. It takes a lot to like us….$1 is for strippers …$50, $100
is for Divas” she educated the crowd.
Brazenly demanding tips
at one time Logan left the stage and worked her way through the room, one table
at a time, demanding tips and came back with a fistful – I don’t know if she
could get away with that in the Grove where adoring fans rush the stage mostly
with $1 tips – but Kismet audiences, who don’t know any better, let her get
away with anything.
why she loves us)
was a blast!!!