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HBO's Lesbian Producer Out & Proud
Lesbians abound in The Rainbow Revue
04.22.02

HBO Producer Chrisanne Eastwood is making waves in the Los Angeles theater scene. Eastwood is an accomplished comic performer, writer, director and producer, and has mounted and starred in two original one-woman shows, including Popquiz (Greenwich St. Theatre-NYC) and Lesbeans and Other Legumes (HERE-NYC), and she serves as headwriter and co-host of The Rainbow Revue, playing at The New Ivar Theater in Hollywood through April 28th.

“Sincere intention and hard work are much in evidence, and diversity is a watchword,” writes Daryl H. Miller in the Los Angeles Times about The Rainbow Revue. “These two dozen singers, dancers and stand-up comics are a rainbow coalition in a multicultural as well as a gay-pride sense.”

The Rainbow Revue is sort of like ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ meets ‘Laugh-In’ meets ‘Saturday Night Live,’” explains creator & producer Matt Gatson, “and is performed by a powerhouse, Broadway-worthy cast of acts that could each easily fill a night of theater. From start to finish, The Rainbow Revue bombards the audience with non-stop entertainment.”

Eastwood has performed stand-up and improv across the country, and was the founding director as well as a member of the ground-breaking gay/lesbian comedy troupe Planet Q. Two of Eastwood’s sketches are included in the humor anthology Out, Loud, and Laughing (Anchor Books). Eastwood was a regular correspondent on the national newsmagazine In the Life (PBS), and has appeared on CNN, CNBC, and HBO. Currently, Chrisanne is a producer with HBO’s hit comedy series Arli$$, where she also has a recurring role.

Other stand out lesbian performances in The Rainbow Revue include Sandy Lawson's Conversations with a Diva and Jennifer Moores rendition of Fever in which she struts the stage in a red-sequined dress accompanying herself with the trumpet and interacting with a hard-bodied female dancer. Lesian comics are in rare form with Zina Camblin and her stories of coffee crazed egomaniacs--and Carmela Nudo on sharing a California King-sized bed with her lover.

Lesbians are all over this co-gendered revue, including the band under the co-musical direction of Nancy Peterson, with Roseann Aldrete on guitar, Georgia Gonzales on trombone (and unicycle!), Rin Kahla on bass guitar, and Colleen Supan on drums and percussion. And let's not forget Jennifer Moore, who's playing when she's not singing. Guy members of the band include co-musical directors Benjamin Bundt and J.D. Sebastian.

Paula Flowers offers soul to the ensemble group Digital Soldiers, and Pinky The Juggler who happens to be deaf shares her craft. At the top of the show, the solo numbers are kicked off by the sexy sounds and moves of Latina Jackie Moreno who evokes screams from women (and men) in the audience when singing Paraiso.

Fab Magazine’s Marcus Knight writes, “Completing the spectrum is the sexy Fosse-esque choreography of Bart Doerfler in stand out numbers Love For Sale, and the very homoerotic Lluvia Sensual, leaving the audience panting for more.”

“There's not a weak link in the ensemble,” writes Les Spindle in Frontiers Newsmagazine, “and the evening is so full of showstoppers that it's hard to pick a favorite.”

“There has never been a show produced on the scale of The Rainbow Revue,” explains Gatson. “We have created a showcase for some of the world’s greatest talent in an environment that celebrates diversity and provides a theatrical thrill ride for people of all ages from any walk of life,” he adds.

The Rainbow Revue plays at the Ivar Theatre in Hollywood (1605 N. Ivar) through April 28th, and tickets ($25, $30, $35) may be obtained by calling 310-289-1875, or online at www.RainbowRevue.com/Tickets. For extensive information about The Rainbow Revue, including a photo gallery, links to reviews, the entire program, and more, visit www.NotesFromHollywood.com. More info? E-mail RainbowRevue@aol.com.

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