Review: 'Daphne and Me: A Boy Meets Girl Story' - 2019 Orlando FringeOrlando Sentinel — Dewayne Bevil Orlando Sentinel
May 15--Wow, it's complicated being BeeJay Aubertin-Clinton, not to mention his alter ego Daphne. The one-person show "Daphne and Me: A Boy Meets Girl Story" is a straightforward, honest, heart-tugging monologue, occasionally interrupted by a lip-synched song.
In starts in small-town Missouri, where cows outnumber people, where he's the only boy cheerleader and the only other gay man is his cousin. ("He wasn't my type anyway.") There are issues with mom, who's strong and supportive -- but also marries abusive men. Thankfully, the story isn't a split-personality saga. BeeJay and Daphne are the same inside, although Daphne uses glamour to get attention and men, while BeeJay is disappointed but seeks silver linings.
Along the way, we learn they love "our lord and savior Britney Spears," chase confidence and hate Grindr and the masculinity-driven culture.
Mother, though not seen nor heard, is a central character, and some of her qualities inspire Daphne in surprising ways.
You'll root for Aubertin-Clinton. His storytelling resonates, and that makes Daphne shine even more.
Fringe Factor: There are microbursts of crowd participation. It's a small house, so be prepared to dance with a lilac-haired drag queen (or at least answer her questions).
Curtain Call: "I'm not a person. I'm a character. A character always gets happy endings, right?"
Venue: Rainbow, 946 N. Mills Ave., Orlando. Length: 60 minutes. Rating: 18 & Up. Tickets: $12.00.
-- May 17, 9:30pm
-- May 18, 8:30pm
-- May 19, 6:30pm
-- May 23, 6:45pm
-- May 24, 10:45pm
-- May 25, 6:30pm
-- May 26, 3:00pm
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