Joan Marcus
Jessica Shaw
March 22, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

All About Me

type
Stage
Current Status
In Season
performer
Dame Edna Everage, Michael Feinstein
director
Casey Nicholoaw
author
Barry Humphies, Christopher Durang, Michael Feinstein, Lizzie Spender, Terrence Flannery

We gave it a B-

Here’s the premise of the new Broadway revue All About Me: Both Dame Edna Everage and Michael Feinstein think they have booked Henry Miller’s Theatre for a one-person show. Bickering ensues. The problem is in the execution. Aside from a few bright spots, All About Me is essentially two one-person shows glued together. Mediocrity ensues.

Feinstein, the legendary cabaret singer, kicks off the show performing Broadway classics with a wonderful 12-piece band on a stunning white and lavender set. When he hits that last note of ”The Lady Is a Tramp,” Dame Edna (the alter ego of Barry Humphries, who co-wrote the play) appears at the top of a staircase, a vision in pink tassels, purple wig, and bejeweled glasses. No stranger to the solo command of an audience (she won a Tony for 2000’s Dame Edna: The Royal Tour), Dame Edna banishes Feinstein from the stage and launches into her faux-nice Aussie dame routine, hilariously dishing about everyone from Liza Minnelli to Neil Patrick Harris to New York Gov. David Paterson. She’s like the older, Aussie version of Kathy Griffin!

With the help of the crabby ”stage manager” (Jodi Capeless, looking eerily authentic with gaffer’s tape, an unzipped fanny pack, and an oversized fleece vest), the two decide to — shocker! — work together. The new joint show, ”Edna and Michael’s Variety Show,” focuses on the only topics the two supposedly can agree on — koalas, dramatic songs, and medleys. Their duet (”We Could Make Such Beautiful Music Together”) about teaming up is brilliant, rhyming ”oil and water” with ”Alec Baldwin and his daughter,” and the medley has its moments (points for singing the Golden Girls theme song). But the fighting shtick gets tired quickly. Even the two stars seem to be abandon the notion of teamwork as they alternate solos. The show’s format allows each performer to get plenty of rest between numbers, but by the end of the intermission-free 90 minutes, you wish you’d seen either a Michael Feinstein show or a Dame Edna show. B-

(Tickets: Telecharge.com or 800-432-7250)

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