Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Boys Don't Wear Lipstick

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Boys Don't Wear Lipstick

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Brian Belovitch's one-man show reveals the face behind the makeup mask

* Written and performed by Brian Belovitch * Directed by Keith Greer * Players Theatre, New York City (runs indefinitely)

For many gay men, accepting their sexual orientation can be a difficult experience. For Brian Belovitch, it included becoming a woman. In his new off-Broadway solo show, Boys Don't Wear Lipstick (at the Players Theatre in Greenwich Village), Belovitch recounts his unusual journey to manhood by retracing the defining moments of his life--primarily those pertaining to the creation of a persona named Tish.

Early in the evening the writer-performer says, "Imagine not knowing what you really are." With that left dangling in the air, Belovitch quickly begins tucking, taping, implanting, and hormoning as he reenacts the audacious rise and ultimate fall of Tish. Through a series of flashback monologues, Belovitch takes us along on his ride from '60s sissy boy to '70s sassy Army bride to coke-snorting '80s showgirl. What makes Boys so compelling is Belovitch's edge of authenticity: You never forget that this is his real life story. Set against a projected collage of pictures culled from Belovitch's family photo album (beautifully arranged by multimedia designer Elaine J. …

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