“Are you a vegetarian? Do you wear a vest? Do you know anybody who does? Do you have cats? Do you have a poster of Virginia Woolf over your bed? Will you marry me?” That’s Peggy Shaw’s proposal to Lois Weaver in Anniversary Waltz, the current piece by Split Britches, a New York-based performance art ensemble appearing this weekend at Randolph Street Gallery during its “In Through the Out Door” series, which celebrates Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. Split Britches is pretty explicit with its politics but, unlike much feminist theater, it’s also self-effacing and irreverent. Shaw and Weaver, who are in a real-life ten-year relationship, present a series of skits and monologues that play off gender stereotypes, butch-femme roles, and romantic expectations: Weaver’s monologue about how she and Shaw met–while she was busy deconstructing femininity with the Spiderwoman Theater and Shaw was dancing with drag queens in the Hot Peaches Theater–is a riot. Randolph Street Gallery, June 14 through 16 (756 N. Milwaukee, 666-7737). Thursday-Saturday, 8 PM. $8.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Amy Meadow.