By Wendy Rosenfield
for the Inquirer
Let's assume for a moment the near-impossible: Out there, among youngish contemporary Philadelphia audiences, there may be someone who has yet to experience the guts and glamour of a Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret.
This year marks 10 years since Pig Iron Theatre Company cofounder Dito van Reigersberg donned a wig and an evening gown, put a clever spin on the name of his legendary former teacher at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, and strutted onstage at L'Etage, the red-velvet-draped jewel box upstairs from Creperie Beau Monde, for the first of what would become his regular second-Thursday gigs.
And still she struts - as she will Thursday night in an anniversary gig - all 6 feet and 2 inches of her (nearly 7 feet in platforms), hairy-shouldered and -chested, transforming such songs as the Shirelles' "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," with a shift from major to minor, a tango time signature, and a set of powerhouse pipes that might win a nod from Patti LaBelle.