Lip-Schtick: One Boy's Journey to Fabulous and Back
LipSchtick; One Boys Journey To Fabulous And Back, is a one man quick-change stage show, during which David Scarbie Mitchell evolves through seven characters and eleven costume changes without EVER leaving the stage. The audience is able to see the whole process which is fast paced, set to music and sometimes hysterically out of control.
At its most basic description, LipSchtick presents the life stories of two main characters; Scarbie, an aging showgirl with a personality disorder, and David, who recounts his journey of growing up gay in a loving and supportive family environment.
The other character impersonations drift in and out the action adding comedy, song, and pathos to the poignant storytelling.
LipSchtick is certainly mostly comedy, with elements of lip-sync AND live vocals which serve to blur the boundaries of reality as Scarbie changes the character genders. Some audience members cannot distinguish which songs are actually sung live or lip-sync due to Davids flawless technique and delivery.
The show is filled out with some improvisation elements which thread throughout the show and keep each performance fresh and spontaneous. Some audience members are included in the improv resulting in unrestrained laughter.
Perhaps most important is that LipSchtick has a definitive storyline throughout the show reminding us how we are all very basically the same at heart in our human experience. This underlying inspirational aspect of the show adds depth and dimension. Audience members leave the show remarking Wow, that was WAY MORE than I expected! Some even leave with a tear in their eye after the emotional and moving final number.
LipSchtick is a one man tour de force suitable for all ages, lifestyles, genders and abilities.
First Unitarian Church of Baltimore (View)
12 West Franklin Street
Baltimore, MD 21201