Photo by Julieta Cervantes
Soho Rep, in association with The Bushwick Starr, has extended Becca Blackwell’s Snatch Adams & Tainty McCracken Present It’s That Time of the Month, directed by Jess Barbagallo (he/him), to December 10. The joyously vulgar queer spectacle is written and performed by Blackwell and Amanda Duarte (she/her), and developed with Barbagallo and Greg Corbino (he/him), with an immersive production design by Corbino.
Since its opening on November 2, Snatch Adams has garnered considerable critical acclaim. Sara Holdren of Vulture writes, “Risk. Joy. Discomfort. Experiment. Play. Shows that achieve all of these at once are unicorns — but they do exist, and Snatch Adams & Tainty McCracken Present It’s That Time of the Month comes about as close as you can get.” Holdren describes the production as “a celebration of muchness, of living in a strange, drippy lovable body and sustaining an indefinable spirit — and everyone is invited.” Helen Shaw of The New Yorker calls the show “electrifying,” describes it as Blackwell’s “magnum o-pussy,” praises Barbagallo’s “thrilling” direction, and proclaims, “It’s enough to make you feel reborn.”
Travis Tate writes in 3 Views, “Snatch Adams asks you to drop your guard, providing levity in our hard world. This invitation wraps around the body and makes you feel warm, closed in, and safe. And safety is something queer bodies, particularly trans and non–binary bodies, seek. A safe place to grapple with your insides, your hidden parts, and what it looks like on the outside. Safety invites laughter, joy, and reflection…I left the show with a little skip, feeling more comfortable with my body and its appendages, and planning how to get even closer and closer to my truth.” In a review for Theatermania, Christian Lewis deems Snatch Adams “educational, entertaining, emotional, ridiculous, and yes, even important.”
In Snatch Adams, Blackwell (Is This a Room; Bros; High Maintenance) assumes the role of a six-foot tall vagina, the eponymous Snatch Adams, who recently lost her job at Planned Parenthood and has turned to hosting a talk show. Snatch is joined by her co-host, the recently #MeToo-ed comic and life-sized taint Tainty McCracken, played by Duarte (Staying Alive, Dead Darlings). Together, they lead audiences through the evening—a taping of their antic-filled talk show, with biologically-themed games, the word “vagina” uttered at world-record-breaking rates, and each performance featuring a special guest interviewee embarking on a collective metaphysical journey with Snatch and Tainty. Special guests to date include Bridget Everett, Cecily Strong, Vic Liu, Abby Pariser, Miz Cracker, Crackhead Barney, Justin Vivian Bond, Carmelita Tropicana, Isaac Oliver, Patti Harrison, Fancy Feast, Jeff Hiller, and more.