5 questions with Patti O'Furniture

Cabaret night will be Friday at Sumter Little Theatre

BY IVY MOORE
Features contributor
Posted 7/30/19

Patti O'Furniture will be hostess for Friday's cabaret night titled "Wine, Women (?) ... and Song." Special guests, in addition to O'Furniture, will be drag queens Samantha Hunter and Nicole Roberts. Many local performers will also be featured in …

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5 questions with Patti O'Furniture

Cabaret night will be Friday at Sumter Little Theatre

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Patti O'Furniture will be hostess for Friday's cabaret night titled "Wine, Women (?) ... and Song." Special guests, in addition to O'Furniture, will be drag queens Samantha Hunter and Nicole Roberts. Many local performers will also be featured in the show that begins at 8 p.m. Friday at Sumter Little Theatre.

The Sumter Item: Is there a difference between a drag queen and a female impersonator, and is either offensive?

Patti O'Furniture: While the two terms are usually synonymous, drag queen is more encompassing of the wide range of styles of drag.

Neither is viewed as offensive (although tone/delivery/context can make almost any word offensive).

TSI: How long does it take to get ready for a show?

PO: While preparation time varies for each entertainer, I would estimate that (when time allows) it takes me two hours to completely apply makeup, wigs, costumes and accessories.

TSI: Do you think drag performances are growing in popularity? If so, do you think RuPaul's Drag Race has anything to do with it?

PO: YES! Theater shows (like those in Sumter and elsewhere), drag brunch, dinner theater have easily replaced gay bars as the primary venues for most drag performers. Drag Race has helped, but so have movies like The Birdcage and plays like Kinky Boots.

TSI: How long have you been doing shows, and what is the reaction you generally get from audiences?

PO: As of this October, I'll have been performing for 20 years - and the reason I continue is because of the audiences and the smiles I see. It is the greatest honor of any entertainer to know that they made someone happy!

TSI: Please add anything you think is pertinent or important for people to know about drag.

PO: Cheap drag ain't good, and good drag ain't cheap. Always remember to bring dollars to a drag show to tip your entertainers!