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Mr. Smith goes to Provincetown – Entertainment – Wicked Local Wellfleet

The androgynous Aryan Australian Kim David Smith is hard to miss in Provincetown. He’s starring as the debauched titular princess, Salome, in the Provincetown Theater’s production of the Oscar Wilde play, which first opened in May and was then brought back with most of the original cast and new costumes and set elements to be the main summer attraction at the theater. (It plays at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday to Sunday — except for Thursday, Aug. 17, when it plays at midnight to cap off Carnival — through Saturday, Aug. 19, at 238 Bradford St.) Smith is so commanding in the show that one can hardly blame the Provincetown Theater for giving him the full marquee treatment: that’s his boyishly handsome face and discreetly posed naked body on the giant posters plastered all over the theater. Smith takes the attention in stride.

“It’s equal parts amusing and awesome,” he says. “I’m very proud of the show, and love collaborating with Travis Chantar [the photographer for the theater’s promotional campaign], so I get a kick out of seeing his photographs all over the place. I try to make it as little about me as possible. When I arrive at the theater, I tend to just scuttle indoors with my backpack and a coffee, and not make eye contact with my own gigantic, staring nipples bedecked in flowers.”

And now there’s more: Smith will bring a version of his high profile solo cabaret act, “Morphium Kabarett,” inspired by Weimar era Germany, to the Crown & Anchor at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16, and Thursday, Aug. 17, at 247 Commercial St. in Provincetown. Under the musical direction of Tracy Stark, who directed the show in New York, Smith’s repertoire ranges from Marlene Dietrich to Kylie Minogue. He sings in English, German and even Japanese — “just for fun,” he says, though the 34-year-old Smith, who majored in musical theater in college in Australia, played Peter Pan at Tokyo Disneyland before moving to the U.S. a decade ago. He now lives in New York but spends a good deal of time at the Brooklyn home of his boyfriend, Matt. “He’s perfectly delicious,” Smith says, “the most wonderful man on the planet.”

Playing up transgressive sex is fine with him. “I love to do queer, strange, gender-fluid nonsense,” he says. “I just live for it. There are some moments in [the Crown & Anchor cabaret] show that I’ve been working on for 10 years; some moments are brand new. It’s basically all my favorite stuff to do on the small stage. I perform in heels and fragments of a tuxedo. I love to play with my own masculine and feminine energies.”

Smith’s cabaret act makes him a natural choice for the role of the Emcee in the Kander and Ebb musical “Cabaret,” which, in fact, he performed to great acclaim in last season’s production at The Cape Playhouse in Dennis.

“This entire summer [in Provincetown] was built out of my participation in ‘Cabaret,’” he says. A few Provincetown Theater board members saw the show and told Smith they wanted to work with him, which led to “Salome.” For Smith, it’s a wish fulfilled.

“At the end of last season, I decided, ‘You know what? I want to have a whole summer performing in Provincetown.’ I fell in love with the place and, lo and behold, the very next summer, here we are. The universe is amazing when you are really specific about what you want.”

Smith has known what he wanted ever since his childhood in a small country town outside Melbourne.

“I was always super gay,” he says. “There was really no mistake about it. My family was extremely, beautifully accepting and loving and all the rest.” The oldest of three children, Smith is very close to his two younger sisters, who are also gay.

“I loved watching old movie musicals with my grandmother,” he says, and he fell in love with Bob Fosse’s film version of “Cabaret.” “I used to stay up into the wee hours watching it as a 15 year old. My dad gave me a Marlene Dietrich biography — he was an avid reader and would go to secondhand bookstores. I gravitated toward villainesses and women who exhibited a sexual power, so I think my dad picked up on that.”

His interest in Dietrich led him to dig deeper into her career as a singer in Germany in the ’20s.

“I got into Friedrich Hollaender that way — he and Mischa Spoliansky are my favorite composers of the period. ‘Morphium Kabarett’ opens with a fabulous Spoliansky waltz that Anita Berber used to dance naked to when she was out of her mind before she died at 28.”

With an alt-cabaret act that boasts “glitter and decadence and a good set of nipples, too,” perhaps it was inevitable that Smith would find his way to Provincetown.

“There’s an energy here,” he says. “It’s nonjudgmental. It’s sexy as all get out. [I love] seeing all the rainbow flags fluttering around, lesbians and families — and it’s all about art! Maybe it’s about rosé as well, but it’s a gorgeous little melting pot of people interested in art. I would love for Provincetown to be my summer home one day. It would be the coolest.”

 


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