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 15 — in 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.”