NY Review: 'Danny Visconti Is Hill-bent: My Night With Hillary Clinton'

N + N Productions and YMBJ Theatricals at the Huron Club as part of the New York International Fringe Festival

Reviewed by Erik Haagensen

August 12, 2012


Photo by Jason Woodruff
Danny Visconti is a cute chorus boy with a degree from the prestigious University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music whose primary credits consist of performing on cruise ships and pursuing his interest in sketch comedy and standup. He was also a big Hillary Clinton supporter in the 2008 election. He has combined those attributes to create a Fringe show: "Danny Visconti Is Hill-bent: My Night With Hillary Clinton."

The increasingly outrageous fantasia starts at an event at the St. Regis Hotel and proceeds across a long New York night that involves limos, liquor, lots of drugs, setting fire to the Statue of Liberty, and a trip to the famous rooftop of the gay leather bar the Eagle. Interspersed are amateurish song parodies filled with misaccents, crammed-in extra syllables, and dodgy rhymes, except for the improvised-on-a-subject-suggested-by-an-audience-member number (Paul Ryan, at the performance attended), which somehow didn't rhyme at all (not even Ryan/Lyin').

Visconti is personable, easy on the eyes, and sings well if a bit too loudly for the tiny Huron Club. His hourlong scenario is not without its charms but gets increasingly desperate in its outlandishness. Ultimately, it only diminishes what I take to have been his admirable political commitment. Still, I am glad to have learned about his "cousins," the Polish gay porn stars known as the Visconti triplets.

Presented by N + N Productions and YMBJ Theatricals as part of the New York International Fringe Festival at the Huron Club, 15 Vandam St., NYC. Aug. 11–19. Remaining performances: Sun., Aug. 12, 8:45 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 17, 4 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 18, 4 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 19, 2:15 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 24, 7 p.m. (866) 468-7619 or www.fringenyc.org.
 

 
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