Monday, June 27, 2011

The 'Golden' ticket

By Alex Rush

A new play inspired by scorned political spouses who take revenge on their scandal-ridden husbands is coming to Coney Island --— and no, Anthony Weiner’s wife is not a character.

Playwright Jennifer Miller wrote “The Golden Racket,” running at Sideshows by the Seashore from June 27 to 29, after reading about ousted state Sen. Hiram Monserrate’s 2009 domestic abuse scandal, when the Queens lawmaker was convicted of misdemeanor assault after he dragged his girlfriend through a hallway and cut her face with glass.

“It was shocking, dramatic and incredibly theatrical,” said Miller, also known as the Bearded Lady of the sideshow.

Of course, Rep. Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal — which led to his resignation earlier this month — will be on everyone’s minds during the campy romp.

“Our play absolutely became more timely since the scandal,” said Miller. “There’s no character based on his wife, but we’ll definitely reference and joke about the situation.”

Miller’s revenge-seeking characters, which will be played by drag queens and comediennes, will include one loosely based on Monica Seles. The tennis player — and title inspiration — dated billionaire Tom Golisano when he convinced Monserrate and another Democratic state senator to join the Republican Party. In the play, the Seles-like character and the woman based on Monserrate’s girlfriend join forces.

And thanks to Weiner’s headline-dominating indiscretions, the play’s examination of these scandals couldn’t be more topical.

“The play tries to reflect that we’re in an age when it’s like, ‘Oh my God, all these men are sticking their c—s out all over!” said Miller.

“The Golden Racket” at Sideshows by the Seashore [1208 Surf Ave. between Stillwell Avenue and W. 12th Street in Coney Island, (718) 372-5159], June 27-29 at 8 pm. Tickets $15. For info, visit 


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