Masque-Review of Raja Live on the Laurie Beechman Theater

Masque-Review of Raja Live at the Laurie Beechman Theater
Photo by Kathy Creighton

“Hi everybody. It’s Raja!”

Following a montage of video clips of the opening of her YouTube present Fashion Ruview, the statuesque queen herself entered the room singing the title tune from her good good friend, Adam Lambert’s, debut album For Your Entertainment. And entertain she did.

On this second night time of her residency on the Laurie Beechman Theater, Raja’s present included extra singing, movies and slides, costume adjustments and speaking…numerous speaking none of which was boring, tril, or pointless.  Some of the issues Raja needed to say have been shared with me verbatim in our interview. She defined her journey to Provincetown to create this present. She shared her nervousness and the heart to push by means of that with a view to current this reside efficiency. Why she wanted to maneuver past strolling in figure-eights lip-syncing night time after night time.

Masque-Review of Raja Live at the Laurie Beechman Theater
Photo by Erin Day

It was this or quit performing altogether.  Raja achieved the true artwork of storytelling on each stage. In reality, there have been three primary tales to Masque. The first two went collectively. The masking of 1’s true self particularly when within the context of what's thought of “masc”uline in most cultures. This was private and Raja spent a great deal of this a part of the story among the many tables empathizing with primarily the homosexual males however chatting with everybody who has felt like “different” in some unspecified time in the future in life. The different masque was the one all of us cover behind today…the web. The strongest message right here was to get past the negativity, to not promote the hate and ugliness and to often simply step away and work together face-to-face.

An exceptionally impactful section got here throughout a dressing up change.  It was a mini-documentary video performed by 5Gum – “Martin’s Story”.  You can watch it right here.  It is so unhappy and but glad on the similar time. It speaks volumes about masks and the necessity to proceed transferring away from making individuals cover behind them.

The costuming didn't disappoint. From a crystal embellished leather-based high-necked vest and spandex leggings to the glittering scarlet flowing high and palazzo pants and ending with a pop artwork printed mod impressed jacket every with its personal masks, the model, design, and aesthetic match every a part of the present and have been completely Raja.  For these acquainted with her, Raja is a queen whose model positively leans female however can be androgynous. She doesn’t do padding or pretend breasts. However, her make-up is extravagantly flawless. There have been no wigs for this present. Raja has grown her personal hair out lengthy once more and began with it pinned up then let it down for the for many of the present.  The top of this queen was emphasised by the low ceilings within the room. To say that she owned the area is an understatement.

Masque is a really private and completely different expertise, one that ought to play effectively wherever Raja takes it.  Audiences ought to be ready to develop into an integral a part of it and depart feeling like they've gotten to know the performer and themselves higher.  I like to recommend choosing VIP to get the possibility to truly share a hug and a selfie with Raja earlier than heading house.