Joan Crawford comes alive in 'Passion' 

click to enlarge Alter-ego: Lypsinka appears in “The Passion of the Crawford” at the Rrazz Room. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Alter-ego: Lypsinka appears in “The Passion of the Crawford” at the Rrazz Room.

Fans of classic Hollywood are likely to get the most charge out of “The Passion of the Crawford,” an oddly compelling presentation by Lypsinka – the drag alter ego of John Epperson – at the Rrazz Room.

Lypsinka portrays Oscar-winner Joan Crawford and Steve Hasley plays The Interviewer in the show, a re-enactment of a 1973 onstage conversation between Crawford and John Springer in New York, apparently part of a series on Hollywood’s grande dames, and one of the film diva’s last interviews.

Gorgeously attired and capturing the star’s every quirk and movement, Lypsinka – the character is now celebrating its 30th anniversary – is matched by Hasley in skill.

Watching the actors lip-synch actually is interesting, particularly because their recorded material is filled with personality, wit, color and history. The multimedia show, which also serves up dozens of Crawford film clips and still photographs, eerily offers a fun glimpse into the golden age of movies (although a lot is lost on the uninitiated) and the celebrity persona. 

The latter portion of “The Passion of the Crawford,” in which Lypsinka as Crawford recites poetry, including the dreadful “Desiderata,” is less successful – through many patrons on opening night laughed hysterically.    

REVIEW 

Lypsinka

Where: Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 7 p.m. Sundays; closes Sept. 16

Tickets: $35

Contact: (800) 380-3095, http://www.therrazzroom.com/

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