It was wonderful to have seen her but I'm miffed at the fact that since I'm signed up for her newsletter I only received the email on Thursday for a concert scheduled on Saturday! If I had concrete plans for the weekend I would have been sorely upset, especially since it was in a venue so close (well being in Richmond, which is 2 hours away from me, especially where I live, saying that its "close" is really quite sad.)
First off I've never been to Richmond, and quite frankly, I don't think I'll ever go back. The concert was held in what I believe is downtown Richmond. And it was practically like a ghost town. For a Saturday afternoon it was quite dead. Which I couldn't get over. One thing that intrigued me was on our way to the theater we saw the "Diversity Center". Which was this huge-ass warehouse like building literally painted in the rainbow colors (from top to bottom, no joke.) You could see it from the highway, or more accurately you can't miss it from the highway! Which leads me to believe that Richmond may have a gi-normous gay population. Maybe I will visit Richmond again. Must investigate further...
Onto the show...!
Margaret is trying something different with this foray into musical comedy. I was half gritting my teeth and half excited since I haven't seen Margaret live since the 2004 elections. I've always enjoyed her comedy but in recent years its gotten to be a little more politically directed which was enjoyable but it just seemed that everyone had something to say and didn't mind saying it. Well Margaret goes back to what made her most popular (in my opinion) which is SEX! She talks about sex from the get-go and touches on stuff from past acts just briefly, but really goes the distance with new stuff. The tie-in of her spoken comedy with the musical comedy was well done, if not at times a little scripted, but I was expecting that. I was a little surprised at how much I liked the musical bits, it wasn't overplayed or overdone and she can actually sing! She does a little bit of everything from rock to country. Her country song was actually quite good and she should release it as a single. Now I'm looking forward to her full musical comedy CD.
She had 2 opening acts, Ian Harvie and John Roberts.
I've seen Ian on LOGO's stand-up specials, he's a transgendered comedian, who is really cute, but into girls (yuck!) and he quoted a couple of stuff from past acts, which was still funny and I enjoyed alot of his stuff. He had a very short set (he wasn't even listed as an opening act). Which was kinda disappointing.
I've never seen John Roberts before, he uses alot of wigs and different characters, very random and without explanation, which is part of his act. I didn't "get" alot of his comedy, but it was still funny nonetheless. And both Ian and John helped Margaret with her musical act which was nice.
The venue was small but clean. I've never been to the National at Richmond. Not at all what I expected from past shows, seeing that she is trying new material and new music it was a nice breath of fresh air, it didn't seem over-produced and your get that "down-home" and "one-on-one" experience.
A side note to anyone ever going to the National, have dinner at the restaurant next door, the "Gibson's Grill". If you already have your tickets and you get there early enough you get priority seating before they start letting people into the theater from the line outside, since it was general admission and they didn't care about the seating numbers we actually got seats front row and center.
Apparently Margaret is having voice troubles, and is advised to not speak by her doctors. But why she's doing a tour AND singing now while all this is going on is beyond me. I really enjoyed the show and I highly recommend it to everyone (18 years and older that it!)