Monday, May 31, 2010

Jason goes to the Hypnodrome to see some HOT GREEKS

Ah, the Thrillpeddlers. So I wasn't born yet when The Cockettes were first doing their magic in San Francisco, but if the Thrillpeddlers' resurrection of their work is any indication, I would've been a fan (if I had been of age). Their revival of Pearl Over Shanghai was outrageous enough to be held over more than a year (now running through August 1). And HOT GREEKS was the Cockettes other "book" musical (as opposed to a revue, it actually has a story--if you can call it that).

HOT GREEKS is a college campus/Greek mythology musical comedy. The boys (one of which was a girl) of Athens U are preparing for the big game against Sparta State, and completely ignoring the sorority girls (most of which were boys) who are left "pining for their pins." So the girls get together and plan plan a little something to get the boys to play their game. And there's singing, dancing, hilarity, a lascivious sculpture professor, and basic Cockettes/Thrillpeddlers outrageousness.

It is, however, a little short (maybe about an hour), so after an intermission we were treated to HOT COCKETTES, a musical revue and a bit of a Cockettes history lesson led by original Cockette Scrumbly Koldewyn (who also wrote the music and played the piano for HOT GREEKS). Lots of hilarity, gotta love "A Crab on Uranus" from JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF URANUS (1972). Oh yeah, and plenty of nudity (of whatever variety you prefer) all the way through.

HOT GREEKS plays Thursdays and Sundays until June 27, 2010.

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