by Laura A. Egan
After a psychic medium intones that “it’s just a matter of time,” Gilbert Rose, an operatic drag queen with the stage name Kiri De Uwana, assumes that dazzling opportunities are coming his way. Bucked up by this celestial encouragement and his lesbian sidekick, Gal Friday, he auditions for the soprano lead in Così fan tutte and is hired, then wins the tenor role of the Duke in Rigoletto, both productions ongoing at the same time. For the first, he dons the guise of Guilia Hancock, and for the second, Christopher Wren. To complicate his identity crisis further, Gil is taken as the twin brother of Guilia by Joanne, the daughter of the Così producer, Howard Lowenbaum. She sets her cap for the male twin while Gareth, a gay cast member who realizes Guilia is a gay man, becomes “one love bite short of smitten” with him. Gil evades their sticky advances while pursuing Hank Braylock, who unintentionally frustrates Gil’s romantic hopes throughout. Danger is added to chaos when La Donna, a mobsterette, hires Gil to sing Handel. She insists on absolute loyalty and no connections with Howard Lowenbaum, her sworn enemy. Happy-go-lucky Gil soon finds himself stranded in no-man’s land in between warring mobsters.