Brian Fleming presents a solo show about the St. Pat’s For All Parade, a response to the exclusion of LGBT groups from the NYC Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.
Should you see it?
Based on its title alone, A Sacrilegious Lesbian and Homosexual Parade wasn’t the production I expected. I thought this one-man show was going to be a little outrageous, a little flashy and maybe a little campy. Brian Fleming does add a bit of flash to his performance by relying heavily on images, music and costumes to tell his autobiographical story. However, this essentially turns ASLHP it into a theatrical PowerPoint presentation.
During his attempts to get a giant drum from Ireland to New York City, Brian meets Brendan Fay, one of the organizers of St. Pat’s For All in Queens. Brian becomes enamored with the spirit of the inclusive parade and its message. While interesting, this story seems like it would be better suited to a written medium rather than a theatrical production. As it is, the story plays much like an advertisement for St. Pat’s For All, complete with a reminder to go see the parade on March 1st and flyers at the end.
Brian Fleming is quite charming; maybe it was because much of the opening night audience seemed to be made up of his friends, but ASLHP felt very personal – almost like listening to a story from a cool Irish uncle during a yearly family party.
Fleming’s passion for the parade and its participants is evident and heartwarming. Unfortunately, it’s not enough to carry an hour-long show. I understand that it takes a lot of participants to start a movement, but Fleming introduces so many characters that I lost track. ASLHP made my head spin with too many details, when it perhaps should have focused on the bigger picture.
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