Three Guys in Drag Selling Their Stuff by Edward Crosby Wells
They say that there is no such thing as bad publicity and this play might have slipped by unnoticed had it not been for Scottish playwright Jo Clifford, who used to be a man, kicking up a storm by suggesting that men dressing in drag are as un-politically correct as the Black and White Minstrels. This was picked up by no less a newspaper than The Scotsman and a healthy debate ensued. It has to be said that the majority view was that Ms Clifford should stop taking life so seriously and get out and enjoy herself; that is something that the audience at The Tron seemed determined to do, and this play did not disappoint them.
The plot, such as it is, concerns Diva (man in drag number one) who wants to buy a Faberge egg as somewhere to keep her late husband’s ashes. In order to raise some money she has a yard sale, which I think what we call a garage sale (they must have better weather in America,) where she sells all the little things she has picked up over the years that she no longer needs: such as hats, ornaments, clocks, oh, and a jar of teeth; her husband was a dentist. She is assisted in this by her best friend Lillian (man in drag number two) and they chat to and generally insult anyone who passers by.
Man in drag number three is Tink who spends much of the time comatose in a wheelchair as Diva and Lillian bitch about life and each other. And that is about all there is to it, except that it is very, very funny. It is also extremely rude, but if you are broad minded enough then the one liners come so thick and fast you barely have time to recover from the last joke before the next one slaps you in the face.
The important thing is that everyone in the theatre that night was laughing with the characters, not at them. We admired the wit, the puns, the backchat and the sauciness of it all but there was not one joke about men who choose to wear women’s clothing. Like any good play, the audience felt drawn to the characters and by the time they finished with a big show tune the fact that they were men in drag seemed to be the most natural thing in the world.