“This play is long” says Time at the beginning of “The Lily’s Revenge.”
But what the timepiece-clad character doesn’t tell you is it’s more of an event than a play. And that the wildly entertaining extravaganza’s four-and-a-half-hour running time feels like the most enjoyable 20 minutes you’ve ever had.
Film, theater, music and dance collaboratively collide for five delicious acts in which the allegoric tale of an organic potted lily’s desire to marry a human is told. While the show certainly pokes holes in social conventions and drives home the point that we can love and marry whomever we choose, you might find yourself so caught up in the fantastical goings-on that you aren’t even following the story.
Taylor Mac is the show’s creative genius and the Lily. At times, the stunning performance artist might remind you of John Cameron Mitchell’s “Hedwig,” but his strong convictions and playful essence create an even bigger, more globally relevant protagonist.
It doesn’t hurt that Mac is surrounded by local faves like John Kuntz, Margaret Ann Brady, Gene Dante, Remo Airaldi and Thomas Derrah in one of his bravest, most memorable performances to date. Toss in some heads being flushed in a toilet and you get that this is not your grandmother’s ballet.
But nobody’s complaining. This production is more fun.
Chill with the cast
The show’s three intermissions are a vital part of the “Lily” experience. You can buy food, drinks, chat with the cast, party in their open dressing room/disco or just chill with the gender-bending illusionists and roving musicians.
If you go
‘The Lily’s Revenge’
Through Oct. 28
Red line to Harvard Square