Maggie Cassella’s "Because I Said So" at Vixen

by David Foucher
EDGE Publisher
Friday Jun 25, 2004
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The unique brand of humor onstage when Maggie Cassella extends her Canadian hit television show to the Vixen Nightclub may not be for all audiences, but for those who appreciate socio-political comedy is as un-canned a show as you’ll find in Provincetown, Cassella is a must-see. The girl from “Bummfuck, Connecticut” is an actor, producer, talk show host, writer… and of course, established comedienne. It is the latter you’ll witness at the Vixen, and the latter you’ll likely remember when the vacation is over.

Cassella’s comedy could hardly be called “stand-up.” In fact, she sits on a stool, with the latest headlines and socio-political news spread out in front of her, and rattles off commentary that’s as daring, as dramatic, and as darn right as it is devilish fun. She proceeds through the most popular sections of your newspaper – politics, business, entertainment – then mixes in religion and a gay mentality to produce a brilliantly funny spin on recent issues. That means, folks, that if you see her show in July, you can see it again in August – she has new material entering the act every week.

That makes Cassella truly unique; virtually all the other performances you’ll see in Provincetown are in the can and into repetition by July 1st. But Maggie keeps it fresh.

That’s not to say that she doesn’t comment on the most popular issues in town. “It’s a license, folks,” she quips about gay marriage rights in Massachusetts. “Just a license, issued by the state. What’s next, are they going to tell us that gay people can’t have driver’s licenses?”

Then she one-ups herself: “Or better yet, why don’t we tell gay men they can’t have hairdresser licenses… then check in with me a month from now when your brittle blue-assed blow dried conservative bouffant is no longer high enough to be considered close to God.”

And for every ten laughs, of course, one or two go sour; such is the danger of such immediate comedy/commentary. Cassella is used to it… she’ll make you laugh even when the joke falls flat.

In the end, it’s a highly funny show with a brain and a local celebrity, all for a bargain price and in a house small enough to ensure that you’ll witness every priceless expression that crosses her face – and there are benefits to both. If you’re politically minded or love discussing current events, Maggie is a great fit for an hour of your time… and you might even be picked to enter the trivia show and win prizes!

Maggie Casella’s "Because I Said So"
At Vixen Nightclub
336 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA
Call 508-487-6424 for ticket prices

David Foucher is the CEO of the EDGE Media Network and Pride Labs LLC, a member of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalist Association, and is accredited with the Online Society of Film Critics. David lives with his husband and daughter in Dedham MA.


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