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Disastrous!

Disastrous. Comedy. Written and Directed by D’Arcy Drollinger. Oasis Nightclub and Cabaret, 298 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

D’Arcy Drollinger, co-owner and Artistic Director at Oasis, is on a roll with her third installment of the madcap adventures of Exotic Dancer and multiple divorcé Champagne Horowitz Jones Dickerson White. As with Shit & Champagne and The Temple of Poon, Disastrous finds our wise-cracking heroine battling the dark forces of an evil Pharma kingpin bent of world financial domination, a multitude of natural disasters, groan worthy puns and over-the-top campy grade B film noir dialogue. Drollinger infuses delightful elements from 70’s sexploitation flicks, some Charlie’s Angels, Irwin Allen disaster epics and a little James Bond ala Russ Meyers. The combination is drag theatre ridiculous on steroids and the audiences eat it up.

Disastrous starts simply enough: Champagne is heading on a vacation to Acapulco when a dying secret agent hands her an attaché case. From there, all hell breaks loose. There’s a plane crash, earthquake, crocodile attack, killer bee swarm, fire and plenty of choreographed fight scenes with evil henchman ala the old Batman TV series (OOF! BAM! POW!). Champagne goes undercover at a hippie commune and the Booby Trap nightclub all to help foil the dastardly GMO (genetically modified orgasm) takeover of the world’s orgasms (don’t ask).

Matthew Martin reprises his role as the villain and of course gets to sing and dance. Steve LeMay is fantastic as the much maligned Sharon, who amazingly survives hell and high water throughout the show. James Arthur is a hoot as Champagne’s snappy gal-pal. Nancy French once again drolly sets the scenes with her placards and her signature ‘I don’t give a rat’s ass’ attitude. Adam Roy, a fine rubber faced comic actor, takes his macho detective Jack Hammer to the next level. He steals every scene he’s in.

There’s a good use of video throughout the show, created by Richard Neveu, including a clever vignette of Champagne strip teasing onstage at the Booby Trap which is actually the Oasis. Drollinger adds the use of puppeteers Todd Young and Joe Casserly who create some cute fight effects. Ashley Garlick’s costumes are garish, skimpy and as tacky as the characters that inhabit them.

Disastrous is low brow humor with a touch of low tech high tech. It’s designed to please the audience it attracts. Its silly fun and a few hours respite from the real horrors the play pokes fun of.  Drollinger’s Champagne White franchise is much like the concept of Field of Dreams – build it and they will come.

Performances run August 25th – September 17th. 415 795 3180. boxoffice@sfoasis.com

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