Last Night: Becoming Kinky At The Mucky Duck

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Photos by Jason Wolter
Jesse Dayton
Becoming Kinky: The World According To Kinky Friedman
McGonigel's Mucky Duck
March 28, 2011

Check out our a slideshow from the play's opening night.

What a smooth, hilarious thing the opening and world premiere of Becoming Kinky: The World According To Kinky Friedman was Monday night at the Mucky Duck, with the Kinkster himself gazing on.

By the time the first public performance was over, it was former Houstonian Ted Swindley's gently conceived script - careful not to go over the top but filled with pungent Kinksterisms - that won over the entire crowd, which included trial lawyer Dick DeGuerin and family, local socialite Kimberly DeLape, co-producer Carolyn Farb, and a phalanx of shutter-clicking photographers.

There was plenty of Kinky's bigger-than-the-silver-screen bravado, inherent Texas swagger and confirmed-bachelor wiliness in Swindley's script; the man wrote Always... Patsy Cline, so he knows what he's doing. And it is Swindley's script and stage adaptation that make this play such a winner, at least in its infancy.

At this young age, the production is in flux, but fortunately it is a very agreeable sort of flux. It captures an essence of something so Texan, so decent and so cool that all of us born between the Rio Grande, the Red River and the Sabine will be proud to claim it as our own.

As far as acting goes, country singer Jesse Dayton got through his stage debut most admirably. And with a performance belying his age, young Conroe-based actor Ross Bautsch as Friedman in his young Peace-Corp-hippie days easily proved that he has been on the stage since before elementary school and his years studying theater at USC.


Location Info

McGonigel's Mucky Duck

2425 Norfolk, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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8 comments
cutiger
cutiger

"we are a good ole boy" clanks on the brain/ear drums. "I am" or I was" is much smoother, plus correct. It's OK to say I or me instead of we or myself.

Distendedscrot
Distendedscrot

It's a shame the quiz didn't include cocksucker b/c YOU are oneWilliam Michael Smith!

Albert Nurick
Albert Nurick

Having gone to Echo Hill Ranch as a teen, and surviving the unique experience of having Kinky as a camp counselor, I applaud this production for bringing this truly unique Texas icon to the stage. Including Jewford was a stroke of brilliance.

Vernon Williams
Vernon Williams

I was there, and this review is spot on. It was a great show, funny and touching by turns. The segment about the hummingbirds at the end was the highlight. The bit about the young Kinky and the special forces dudes in Thailand was great, too. Some of Kinky's less politically correct comments were omitted, but what remained was still quite funny.

wms
wms

sometimes using the royal we rather than I makes for a bit of odd syntax.

cutiger
cutiger

I understand the royal we. Just not sure how it figures into a Houston Press column unless you happen to be quoting Elizabeth or some other royalty.

wms
wms

Standard HP style. Check the other blogs. We don't use "I" much, although it occassionally slips in.

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