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Liz Mikel Cast in New York Version of DTC Musical
by Jerome Weeks 20 Apr 2011

She was the best thing in the Dallas Theater Center’s “Give It Up!” So now that the musical — re-named ‘Lysistrata Jones’ — is opening off-Broadway next month, she may be the best thing in it, again.


In my review of the musical, Give It Up!, last season at the Dallas Theater Center, I wrote that longtime Dallas performer Liz Mikel (left, in red) was one of the best things about the funny-but-simultaneously-overdone-and-thin adaptation of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata: “Whenever the Divine Miss M happens to be on stage, she pretty much tucks this show in her ample, gilded bra and carries it away with her. Here’s hoping that if Give It Up! does have a New York afterlife, Mikel goes with it.”

It does and they did.

Transport Group Theatre Company, the winner of a special Drama Desk Award and two OBIE Awards, is presenting the New York premiere of the re-named Lysistrata Jones, beginning May 15in the basketball court of the Judson Memorial Church Gymnasium near Washington Square in the Village, appropriately enough because, you remember, the show has been transplanted to the world of college basketball, specifically, “Athens U.”  It’ll be directed and choreographed by Dan Knechtges, who did the honors here.

We knew all that already. What we didn’t know is that Liz Mikel will indeed repeat in her role as the local madame named Heterai (Greek for, well, guess). My review, again: Give It Up! “provides Liz Mikel the kind of rousing,  hilarious showcase she’s long deserved. I’d see it again just for her.”

  • Jim

    “Thin” was being overly generous. That show was terrible. Hard to believe someone else is giving it a shot.

  • Way to go Liz…..Knock em Out!

  • Cool Peg

    Liz made the show here and will in NYC! Disagree strongly with Jim,the show was a delite, funny, and entertaining. The music was fresh and rockin’. Would love to see it again!