She-Rantulas from Outer Space in 3D
First and foremost: Phil Johnson and Ruff Yeager's "fartire" (a "combination of farce and satire") is a send-up up of the 50s B-movies, where monsters from who knows where threaten to obliterate the white-bread status quo. The piece, and Johnson's amazingly over-the-top-performance as addled Betty, has truly funny bits and evokes depth-charge laughter. It is also long-ish and needs much tightening, since scenes evolve slowly (especially in the second half). That said, the Diversionary production's obviously a labor of love. Everyone in the five-person cast, nicely directed by Yeager and splendid costumes (most of them for men in drag) by Jennifer Brawn Gittings, makes a contribution. And Johnson is special as Betty.
Worth a try.
Ongoing until Saturday, November 23, 2013