Old Ladies, New Tricks

As holiday traditions go, getting tipsy on red wine and slurring the words to The Golden Girls theme song with a roomful of strangers in a darkened theater beats watching the Peanuts special again. The ingenious stage show, The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes, brings to life two full episodes of everyone’s favorite sitcom about women of a certain age getting it on and eating cheesecake in their pastel-hued retirement abode. The coup de grâce here is that the libidinous Floridians are played by drag queens: Performers Heklina, Cookie Dough, Matthew Martin, and Pollo Del Mar don short frosted wigs and a bevy of mind-bending sweaters to portray the Girls. The show is equal parts parody and homage, paying tribute to the sharp-witted back-and-forth that defined the show and highlighting the parts that were truly bizarre. Sophia’s relentless criticism of daughter Dorothy is both hilarious and gut-churning; Blanche’s already cartoonish Southern sexuality is even more so when accompanied by stagey winks and hip swivels. Finally, the Golden Girls have thrown a party and invited everyone they knew.
Sat., Dec. 26, 5, 7 & 9 p.m., 2009

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