Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Before Tex[t]-Mex: Giving Credit Where Credit is Due
Save for a dig at him in an early version of this blog (it's near the bottom of the page, you will have to scroll and scroll), the Tex[t]-Mex Galleryblog has NOT come clean about its debt to John Leguizamo. Say what you will about the man, it was his New York one-man show MAMBO MOUTH, that blew away this wet-behind-the-ears assistant professor from the University of Connecticut--a riveting performance that opened my shuttered eyes to the velvety richness and intoxicating diversity of Latino and Latina stereotypes in the universe.
Leguizamo gives great drag!.
Here's a 1991 Time Magazine piece on MAMBO MOUTH. A retrospective of scripts from his shows arrives in November from Harper Collins. Here's a couple of YouTube captures of Leguizamo in action:
Here's a decent interview with Leguizamo.