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Longing Lasts Longer

January 13, 2018

Penny Arcade's
Longing Lasts Longer

Created by Penny Arcade and Steve Zehentner

Conceived, Written and Performed by Penny Arcade
Designed and Directed by Steve Zehentner and Penny Arcade

"A radical rock and roll rallying call."
The Arts Review Dublin

"She alternates her charm with wake-up calls, her humor with rage. Arcade in her marvelous middle age is a lovely example to us all. Yes, you've got to tell all your truth to power, but you don't have to stop dancing to do it."

From New York City's undisputed queen of the underground, Take A Number, Inc. welcomes Penny Arcade to Irvington Town Hall Theater in her award-winning show, Longing Lasts Longer, which turns contemporary stand-up on its head to create a crack in the post-gentrified landscape. Driven by her magnetic rock 'n' roll energy, Arcade's razor-sharp satire is mixed live to euphoric soundscapes inspired by four decades of pop culture. A blow against the golden age of stupidity, this is a passionate and exuberant performance anthem where you can think, laugh, and dance at the same time.

Conceived, written, and performed by Penny Arcade.
Designed and directed by Steve Zehentner and Penny Arcade.

Penny Arcade, aka Susana Ventura, is an internationally respected performance artist, actress, poet & theater maker. Her text-based work is known for it’s humor, high content, highly quotable wit and its focus on community building. She is the author of over ten full-length works and hundreds of solo performance pieces. Penny debuted in 1968 in John Vaccaro’s explosive Playhouse of the Ridiculous, New York’s legendary glitter/glam, rock and roll, seminal queer political theatre. At 19 she was a superstar for Andy Warhol’s Factory featured in the Warhol/Morrissey comedy, Women in Revolt. An independent artist for almost 50 years, her use of performance as a transformative act, mark her as a true original in American Theatre.

With her longtime collaborator of 25 years, Steve Zehentner, they co-helm The Lower East Side Biography Project, Stemming The Tide Of Cultural Amnesia, a video oral history documentary project that works to ensure that future generations have access to the mad souls of invention that built the Lower East Side's reputation as an incubator for authenticity, rebellion, and iconoclasm. The project, broadcast and cybercast weekly since 1999, streams its biographies live every Monday at 11pm EST at, and in Manhattan on Time Warner Channel 34. For more information, visit

A former architect, Steve Zehentner is a filmmaker, theater designer/director and archivist based in New York City. Since 1992, he has collaborated with Penny Arcade on dozens of shows including Sisi Sings The Blues – Vienna Festival, Love, Sex and Sanity, Rebellion Cabaret, New York Values, Bad Reputation, True Stories, Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore! and Longing Lasts Longer. Together they have created anarchic humanist spectacles in over 50 cities around the world. They are currently developing Old Queen, a theatrical memoir that evokes the magic in the gay bars and coffee shops of the 1960’s.

With Special Guest

Tammy Faye

Tammy Faye

"In her remarkable — and howlingly funny — portrayal of Nico, the 1960s chanteuse and muse to musical greats of the time, the singer and performance artist Tammy Faye Starlite is both vividly present and somehow barely there. Although its creators’ affection for the woman is never in question, the show also gently parodies her disaffected persona."

Charles Isherwood/NY Times

"Starlite has the proper blonde hair and packs an accent just the right side of exagerration. She punctuates Nico's fondly blunt and drolly unforgiving characterizations of Bob Dylan (who gave her the immortal "I'll Keep It With Mine") the Velvets' Lou Reed ("a usurper of souls") and the teenage Jackson Browne (her accompanist for a spell after the Velvets) with regal sweeps of hair and exasperated stares, her eyes as wide as headlights. The show mocks and honors its subject with loving regard." 

David Fricke/Rolling Stone

Tammy Lang a/k/a Tammy Faye Starlite has become one of the brightest stars in the Downtown New York scene. After her days as a “wacky maid,” on The Guiding Light, Tammy Faye created a new kind of cabaret. Equally gifted as an actor and singer, Tammy Faye created the Starlite character, a chipper yet bitter country music singer whose reactionary rantings and authentically convincing Partonesque vocals made for sophisticated satire of the highest—or lowest—order.

Since then she has dived deep into the vaults of art-pop-rock-whatever to create Nico: Underground, her bio-show that brings back the late Velvet Underground icon in all of her fuzzed-out, deadpan glory. With mentions of Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Jackson Brown, John Cale and Andy Warhol, she animates the character providing both historical context and up to the minute contemporary references. With Cabaret Marianne, Lang saluted Marianne Faithfull, one of the great, straight-talking divas of pop music. Just A Kiss Away, her latest show, is an adaptation and rearrangement of noted Rolling Stones songs to make them come alive in a cabaret context. Tammy’s approach to the Jagger/Richards songbook finds her bringing intimacy to the Stones' repertoire while channeling the attitude and affect of Mick Jagger, but with less estrogen.

Friday, November 10, 2017 
Reformed Whores Do Westchester

Reformed Whores Do Westchester
Reformed Whores Do Westchester

If Dolly Parton & Flight of the Conchords got drunk and had a baby, you’d get the hilariously irreverent musical comedy duo Reformed Whores! These All-American gals don’t beat around the bush as they skewer and celebrate country music at their rib-tickling hoedown. Southern bred, but NYC based, Katy Frame & Marie Cecile Anderson have been featured on IFC, PBS, CBS, and many other three-letter networks.

They’ve toured the country opening for the likes of musical parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic, bassist extraordinaire Les Claypool, guitar hero Dweezil Zappaand rockabilly vet Reverend Horton Heat. Their sophomore album “Don’t Beat Around the Bush” debuted in March 2016 on the top 20 iTunes comedy chart and their YouTube Channel just hit over a million views!

For more info, visit!

Opening for Reformed Whores

Julia Johns

Julia Johns

Originally from Ohio, Julia Johns is a stand up comedian and writer living in New York City. She is a contributor to someecards and was a contributing writer for MTV's Girl Code, and performs stand up comedy at various venues all over the New York City area.

She has produced and co-hosted several recurring shows, and currently runs a weekly show called Bowl Cut at Beauty Bar in NYC. Julia has performed in the She-Devil Comedy Festival in NYC, Cincy Brew Ha Ha, and the MusikFest Comedy Festival. She has appeared on IFC, and has performed as a warm-up comic for TruTV. 

Julia also created, writes, and stars in the popular web series Girls Are Roommates, which recently released a second season. She lives in Brooklyn and has big feet.


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