Alison Garrigan and Dan Folino are notorious as two of Cleveland’s most gifted and adventurous actors — performers who will try anything onstage, whether it’s Folino baring all in Beck Center’s production of Equus or Garrigan tackling gender-bending roles like Dr. Frank-N-Furter in Cleveland Public Theatre’s version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Early this year, the two played opposite each other in the lead roles in Lakeland Community College’s acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s grisly musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Both have long moonlighted with rock bands, although their rehearsal and performance schedules make their bands’ appearances infrequent. Clevelanders have a rare chance to see both Folino’s Vanity Crash and Garrigan’s Queue Up at 10 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, April 10) at the Hi Fi Club (11729 Detroit Ave., Lakewood). If you’re 21, admission is free with a ticket that can be downloaded from either band’s MySpace page: www.myspace.com/queueupusa and www.myspace.com/vanitycrash.
It won’t come as a surprise that both bands are outrageously and vividly theatrical, apt to wear lavish costumes onstage, and feature much preening, prancing and posturing on the part of their frontman/woman.
Vanity Crash’s music is redolent of early-mid ’70s Bowie-esque glam-rock, full of fiery flash and big, roiling riffs. Queue Up favors a goth-influenced sound that’s more aggressive and threatening than mopey. Both bands feature guitarist Dennis Yurich, who has been musical director for many area theatrical productions, including Cleveland Public Theatre’s 2001 production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which spawned Vanity Crash (Folino and Garrigan co-starred in that one as well).
This is an evening that shouldn’t be missed by anyone who thinks rock ’n’ roll should be colorful, exaggerated and just plain fun. —Anastasia Pantsios