I was first introduced Dina Martina's in 2005 when I went to Provincetown, MA with a group of friends! Her dark humor, quick wit, and audience interaction made me a fan at the snap of a finger. At that time, I had never, and still have not, seen anyone like Dina Martina! She truly puts on a one of a kind show and I have been seeing her shows non-stop for the past 10 years because of this uniqueness! Her shows are difficult to describe as to exactly what you will see, but one thing is for sure, laughter will happen, LOTS of laughter! She sings, she tells stories, and like one of my other favorite icons, Joan Rivers, she will shock you with her humor! I think I got my TMJ from all the times my jaw has dropped at a Dina Martina show, but the pain is worth it, because the laughter that results from the jaw dropping is worth it!
Dina is returning once again to The Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City from September 19-27 with a brand new show entitled Flat & Lacking! The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located at 407 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue inside the West Bank Cafe). Some of the shows are already starting to sell out, so click here to get your tickets!
1. This September 19-27 you are once again returning to The Laurie Beechman Theatre with a brand new show Flat & Lacking. What are you looking forward to most about this new show? I'm really looking forward to sharing my new Eastern sensibility with audiences, as well as the fresh, new outlook on life I've acquired since my last New York show. But most of all, I'm looking forward to the revenue.
2. Why did you title this show Flat & Lacking? Because all in all, I think audiences will be pleasantly disappointed.
3. If you could give people one reason as to why they should come see Flat & Lacking, what would that reason be? When money's no object, it's worth it!
4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing Flat & Lacking? Tighter pores and a greater Love of Country.
5. Since this show is entitled Flat & Lacking, what in your life do you find to be "flat" and "lacking"? Well I inherited my mother's fallen arches, so I'd say my feet are flat. Mother used to say, "We Martina girls don't have feet, we have flesh-colored scuba flippers!" And my culinary knowledge is pretty lacking, because I was rehearsing monologues from A Raisin in the Sun and perfecting my Chinese splits at an age when most girls were learning to churn butter and cook pies.
6. You have received many accolades throughout your career including the 2012 Stranger Genius Award for Theater and have been nominated for an Alpert Award, a SPIT Award for Best Solo Show and two GLAAD Media Awards for Outstanding Off-Off Broadway Theater. What do these awards and nominations mean to you? I'm sure you've heard the saying, "It's an honor just to win", so you know, the nominations don't really mean anything. But I think it'd be neat to win a Heisman. That'd be neat. Don't you think that'd be neat? I think that'd be neat.
7. What haven't you done yet, that you would still like to? I'd like to run for First Lady.
8. Your adopted daughter, Phoebe, has not made an appearance at one of your shows in a long time. What has she been up to? Will Phoebe come back on stage with you? I miss her! Phoebe is eleven now, so she's all grown up and leads the life of a busy woman. Currently she's in a furniture mart.
9. How did motherhood change you and/or your show creations, if at all? I know it made me drink more, but I think it also took away my free time I once spent on personal hygiene. It's been...I don't know how many years since I adopted her and I still can't get rid of that baby weight.
10. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? I'd call it Hot Sprite. It would contain hot Sprite.
Tragic singer, horrible dancer and surreal raconteur, the hysterically funny Dina Martina debuted at Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art in 1989, instantly gleaning reviews that dubbed her "magically warped," "hilariously unfortunate" and "utter genius." Since then, she’s packed venues in New York, Los Angeles, London, Toronto and San Francisco and shared the bill with acts such as Modest Mouse, Margaret Cho, Nina Hagen and Village People.
Absolutely packed with ludicrous song, horrifying stories and overburdened costumes, Dina Martina’s shows are impossible to adequately describe, other than that they’ve become synonymous with jaw-dropping pathos and mind-blowing comedy. Dina Martina has been hailed as "Divinely funny" (Time Out London), "Painfully funny and demented" (Seattle Times) and "The most original drag performer working in America today" (Village Voice). What a Dina Martina show is, quite simply put, is a smart and hilarious evening of entertainment that you will never forget.
Recently, Dina Martina’s hugely successful shows in New York and Provincetown have made ardent fans of John Waters, Whoopi Goldberg, Matt Stone, Jennifer Coolidge, Graham Norton and many others. Martina is the 2012 recipient of The Stranger Genius Award for Theater and has been nominated for an Alpert Award, a SPIT Award for Best Solo Show and two GLAAD Media Awards for Outstanding Off-Off Broadway Theater. She did not win those. Hooray!