Monday, September 17, 2018

No More Tears (Enough is Enough) on an afternoon at the circus!


Friday at 5:00pm, I arrived in Tompkins Square Park, in the East Village of Manhattan for the Circus Amok!

Jenny Romaine and Ben Meyers were playing in the middle of the park. Someone passed me a playbill for the show. Romaine has been the musical director for the troup for 400 years, .it reminds us. Meyers has only played with the band since 1998.

Walking through the crowd, friend after friend were just arriving for the show.  Abby who ran a wild party, Nora who works at the library at my college, Anna from New York Bike Dance with her kids,  Bill from C Squat, Brennan from everywhere, Roger from the RMO, Dawn, Lena, and Savitri from the Church of Stop Shopping, my whole community out for a day, sharing and commiserating, chatting, gossiping and laughing at our selves along with Jennifer Miller and her distinct Borscht Belt,queer schtick:

ENOUGH is ENOUGH continues the radical experiment of bringing free queer art into public spaces. The fun-for-all-ages, gender-bending production proves that everyone thrives when the community is fabulous and fair. Circus Amok invites audiences from all corners of the world into our raging queer utopia, pushing exuberantly at the edges of our drab norms. Join us for the break down, and the shake up — THE CIRCUS IS COMING TO TOWN.

Alternately despairing and silly, the show is an homage to our times.
One man carries a sign reminding us:
“Ignorance combined with power is the enemy of justice.”
Juggling Jennifer struggles against a feeling that its all futile.
“I can’t I can’t I can’t I can’t” she insists in a debate about regular people running for office,
 as she juggles multiple objects, including her boot, a liquor bottle etc.
Art doesn’t accomplish anything, she laments juggling.
Yet she’s still at it, battle through the years.
It’s a feeling we’ve all had the last year.
But its not time to give up, it’s a time to fight back.
This is a time to fight past the feeling of inevitability.
Its a time to believe Christine.
When we fight we win.

Sometimes a queer crowd needs to remember our roots.  We’ve been through these battles before. We’ve survived and the disco ball spins. We pray for the dead, fight for the living, and keep on challenging what it means to be human, to fight social controls, and stay engaged even when we feel like its all a bit of sound and fury signifying nothing. If anything, the show is an homage to a struggle against cruelty and a message from the queen of disco so long ago:

No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)
It's raining, it's pouring
My love life is boring me to tears,
After all these years
No sunshine, no moonlight,
No stardust, no sign of romance
We don't stand a chance
I've always dreamed I find the perfect lover
But he turned out to be like every other man
Our love, our love
Raining (raining)
Pouring (pouring)
There's nothing left for us here
And we won't waste another tear
If you've had enough,
Don't put up with his stuff,
Don't you do it
If you've had your fill,
Get the check, pay the bill,
You can do it
Tell him to just get out
Nothing left to talk about
Pack his raincoat show him out
Just look him in the eye and simple shout
Enough is enough
I can't go on, I can't go on, no more no

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