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Cult sensation DINA MARTINA returns to Portland October 17 for two shows at the Fez Ballroom.
Miss Martina made her first stage appearance in 1989. After attaining cult status in Seattle, San Francisco and Portland, Martina’s official New York debut in 2005 sold out in minutes and created a sensation and cult following that continues to grow. Her follow-up shows have left jaded audiences (including Whoopi Goldberg, John Waters, Matt Stone, John Cameron Mitchell, Margaret Cho, Bruce Vilanch, Joyce Dewitt, and Jennifer Coolidge — a list as strange has her shows) stunned and clamoring for more.
Miss Martina has also wowed crowds in LA, Provincetown, and London. Absolutely packed with ludicrous song, horrifying stories, insane videos and overburdened costumes, Dina Martina’s shows are impossible to describe, other than that they’ve become synonymous with jaw-dropping pathos and mind-blowing comedy. Dina has been hailed as “a train wreck in heels” and “one of the best nightmares you’ll ever have”. But perhaps the best description of Dina comes from a glowing review in Seattle’s famed alternative weekly The Stranger: “Her body moves like two pigs fighting their way out of a sleeping bag and her face looks like the collision of a Maybelline truck with a Shoney’s buffet, but Dina redefines what it means to be a star.”
Dina has shared the bill with acts such as Modest Mouse, Built To Spill, Justin Bond, Nina Hagen and The Village People. She’s the recipient of two GLAAD Media Award nominations for Best Off-Off-Broadway Show, two Footlight Awards from The Seattle Times (1999 & 2004), a 1997 nominee for a Seattle Stranger Fringe Theater Award for Best Solo Show, and a finalist for the 2007 Alpert Award.
Dina Martina is the recipient of The Stranger’s 2012 Genius Award for Theater.
“Dina Martina is a master comic.” — Michael Musto, The Village Voice
“Dina Martina goes way beyond drag into some new kind of twisted art.” — John Waters
“Martina is an oversized diva who dresses horribly — often in outfits that showcase her hairy back — moves with the grace of a wounded hippo and sings in a voice that would shatter diamonds.” — NY Post