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Champagne White and the Temple of Poon
The Oasis

Also see Richard's reviews of Kelly Brandeburg and Triangle, Patrick's review of Yesterday Again and Eddie's review of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum


D'Arcy Drollinger, Matthew Martin, James Arthur M, and Adam Roy
D'Arcy Drollinger, better known as Champagne Horowitz Jones Dickerson White, and company are at it again at the Oasis Club in the further adventures of exotic dancer Champagne White. They are all back, including the wonderful Matthew Martin once again playing the malicious villainess Dixie, who has reinvent herself as Pixie Pardonne Moi.

The new sequel is called Champagne White and the Temple of Poon—that's right, the Temple of Poon. The original Shit and Champagne was so successful at the club, so why not a sequel? Once again this is a tongue-in-check homage to such '70s films as Caged and Women in Prison (or even the current "Orange in the New Color of Black" series).

This time our intrepid heroine Champagne White, looking a lot like a blonde Raquel Welch from the 1966 film One Million Years B.C., is falsely accused of murder. She finds herself wearing an orange jumpsuit in Lady Prison, a for-profit jail with sadistic guards, corruption, and a callous warden. Oh, there is a subplot to his crazy story, about a new perfume that turns society completely insane, manufactured by the supreme villainess of all time, Pixie Pardonne Moi.

D'Arcy Drollinger is probably one of San Francisco's best drag artists. The consummate artist is the brains behind this sequel and once again gives a fabulous and energetic performance. There are a lot of crazy zingers and many are real "groaners," along with some wild kung fu moves. It's pure camp in this production.

Matthew Martin is "San Francisco's treasure" and he gives a pitch perfect performance with his Bette Davis voice playing the villainess Pixie. He is particularly stunning in the video projections of the "Poose Perfume" that are shown on the large screen on stage. Adam Roy shows his terrific comic talents in various roles, including the cop Jack Hammer. He does amazing things with his face and jaw that are side-splitting. Nancy French, once again in her "I don't give a crap about what the hell is happening" brashness, sets each scene. Steven LeMay and James Martin are hilarious playing various roles.

Champagne White and the Temple of Doom plays Thursdays through Saturdays through September 12, 2015, at the Oasis, 298 11th Street, San Francisco. For information and tickets go to www.sfoasis.com.


Photo: Gareth Gooch

- Richard Connema



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