WORKHORSE QUEEN – Review by Leslie Combemale

Angela Washko’s film follows drag queen Ed Popil as himself and as Mrs. Kasha Davis, starting from Popil’s closeted life in Scranton, before he discovered drag, sharing his struggle at trying to be straight, married and happy, none of which worked for him. In interviews and voiceovers, Popil takes us through his divorce, acceptance as a gay man, and arrival in Rochester, where he found his tribe with a talented, but largely unsung group of drag queens. For those who find drag entertaining, and those who find diverse voices compelling, Workhorse Queen will create a deep respect for all the drag artists who aren’t in the celebrity spotlight but find their voices anyway.

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