Maternal Bondage

After the death of legendary actress Joan Crawford, her daughter published a book that has gone down as one of the most unflattering tell-alls in history. Cristina Crawford claimed her mother was an alcoholic who was ruthlessly careerist and abusive, capable of attempted strangling, and prone to fits of rage when finding her clothes on ordinary wire hangers. She was also allegedly a bi sex fiend. The veracity of her daughter’s account, Mommie Dearest, is disputed to this day. Now, on the 30th anniversary of the cult film adaptation starring Faye Dunaway, the sordid tale is getting a new treatment. Mommie Queerest is an LA Weekly Theater Award-winning play that envisions Joan Crawford as a secret transsexual, a fact her daughter is trying to flash to the world. It’s stopping in South Florida on a national tour. A male actor with a striking resemblance to the mannish-looking Crawford will star alongside three other men at the cozy, crazy Empire Stage. Catch the play the last day of its run Sunday.
Sun., Aug. 28, 8 p.m., 2011