The Comedy Queens of Cabaret

Upand Down DesuVida

By David Johanssen


Paul Robeson by James Earl Jones
Fri, Apr 15, 7pm
100 pesos (includes drink)
Live Theater, Cabaret
Up and Down in San Miguel
Sat, Apr 16, 7:30pm
150 pesos
Rent, the Musical
Sun, Apr 17, 5pm
100 pesos (includes drink)
Documentary and Discussion
Donald Trump: The Fire Breather
Wed, Apr 20, 5pm
50 pesos
Documentary and Discussion
Stoned Kids with Cancer
Fri, Apr 22, 5pm
50 pesos
Documentary and Discussion
Spirits of the Jaguar: Forging a New World
Sat, Apr 23, 5pm
50 pesos
All in Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
154 7524

Up and Down in San Miguel is a cabaret performance by Victoria Roberts and Christian Baumgartner, all about the gossip of San Miguel! I recently sat down to interview the outrageous duo:

David: “I understand you were a cartoonist for the New Yorker. When did you start drawing your character, Nona Appleby?”

Victoria: “Nona Appleby is my oldest character. I started drawing her in my teens. Nona’s voice comes from the patients at a nursing home where I used to work in Sydney, Australia. They always said the funniest things!”

David: “Christian, we remember you as Maritza in Frans Bloem’s show. How did you invent her?”

Christian: “Well, I made her the runner-up for Miss Venezuela, 1989—good, but not perfect. She can’t go back to Venezuela for political reasons, so she travels the world doing her ‘How to be a Miss and stay out of miss-ery’ workshops, teaching girls how to be real women. Stiletto heels help!”

David: “What’s the weirdest thing that’s happened to you while performing Maritza?”

Christian: “People often don’t recognize me when I’m not in drag. In my last show, I was dressed as Maritza, and I was running to make a quick change when I fell down. I saw a girl laughing, so I said to her, ‘Did you see me fall?’ She said ‘Yes!’ so I replied with all Maritza’s attitude, ‘Well now, I’ll just have to kill you!’ We had a good laugh, just us girls!”

Donald Trump: The Fire Breather Wednesday, April 20, at 5pm. Trump has been severely underestimated by establishment officials and pundits, many of whom are still reeling from how his message has resonated with voters. Has Trump’s rhetoric inflamed support of racial and religious intolerance or just deflated political correctness? What really drives his followers? Discussion to follow, 50 pesos.

Shelter Theater is part of the Shelter VG4 Cultural Center, located at Vicente Guerrero 4, a short walk from the Jardín down Insurgentes. Telephone 154 7524 or visit to see upcoming events. Shelter VG4’s theater and class/performance space are available for rent.


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