Gratuitous Everything in Above and Beyond the Valley of the Ultra Showgirls

The title is preposition-filled, and the drag-theater bonanza is superlative-filled. Mostly with high-camp cheekiness of dubious taste.

D’Arcy Drollinger As Chablis, John Paul Gonzalez As Chardonnay, Nancy French as Gewürztraminer, and Melinda Campero as Cristal (Garaje Gooch)

If you can go beneath the Planet of the Apes, plow under the Garden of Good and Evil, and go over and under and back through Freddy Vs. Jason vs. Alien vs. Predator, you must also go … Above and Beyond the Valley of the Ultra Showgirls! D’Arcy Drollinger’s arena-rock camp extravaganza, complete with five-piece band and the typical theatrically inflected absurdism one expects from original productions at Oasis. Veterans from S.F.’s live-drag theater scene, from The Golden Girls Live to Shit & Champagne to The Rocky Horror Picture Show to Heathers: The Musical, join Drollinger in this cast, including John Paul Gonzalez, Nancy French, Jane D’oh, Bobby Barnaby, Manuel Caneri, Lavale-William Davis, and Melinda Campero.

Returning from cold storage after it sold out earlier this year, this three-week run is part of SF Sketchfest, and brings more the drug-addled live go-go girls than a crudely dubbed parody of a 1980s cartoon about extravagance. It’s as if Charles Manson’s intense stare commanded you to put on 10 of Liberace’s rings while trying to stop the cinematographer of a Russ Meyer film shoot from seducing the key grip, then joining in anyway because what the hell, right?

 

The members of SUPER VIXEN (Garaje Gooch)
The members of SUPER VIXEN (Garaje Gooch)

The story of SUPER VIXEN, an all-girl rock outfit trying to make it in a man’s world, Above and Beyond peers deep into record-industry intrigue as aspiring megastars Chablis, Chardonnay, and Gewürztraminer let their ambitions tear them apart, leading to a harrowing tale of long-nailed revenge (with plenty of self-aware wordplay). All the songs are original! All the costumes are filthy-gorgeous! All the audience members will be squirming as hard as you!

Overachieve! Go above and beyond! Pass through the Valley of the Ultra Showgirls and fear no plenty of evil ridiculous, oversexed wackiness, and tackiness on an unparalleled scale!

Above and Beyond the Valley of the Ultra Showgirls, Thursdays – Saturdays, Jan. 26 – Feb. 18, 2017, at Oasis, 498 11th St., sfoasis.com.

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