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LA Theater Review
The Superheroine Monologues
The procession continues with Catwoman (Liz Holt), Batgirl (Kellie Spill), Supergirl (Brynne McManimie), Storm (Alex Bueno), and finally Older Wonder Woman (Karen Webster). Each shares her own perspective on the world she helps protect, flinging a zinger or two at some of the men in their lives. References to global warming, Sarah Palin, fashion accessorizing, and a little adult humor propel this show forward. One-liners and a few double entendres also keep the audience chuckling throughout.
Director Oanh Nguyen keeps it straightforward, allowing each character to develop her story as a simple standup comedian. The intimacy of the theater is also important to the mood, particularly as the women go into the audience periodically.
The actors are universally proficient in their characterizations, from feminist to Valley girl. Holt is a hit as the delightfully tipsy Catwoman with her whiskey bottle by her side. Ruckman captures the glamour of the patriotic Wonder Woman.
Erika C. Miller's costumes are bright and bold, with liberal use of spandex and a nod to the historical authenticity of the characterizations. Standouts are Wonder Woman's recognizable ensemble and Catwoman's sinuously sexy garb. Masako Tobaru's bright lighting adds to the comic effect along with Casey Long's projections of some of the heroines' male counterparts.
For those who grew up with comic books or cartoons like the Super Friends and the Justice League on television, this spoof is particularly amusing. The 10:30 p.m. starting time makes it a late-night treat.
Presented by and at The Chance Theater, 5552 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills. Apr. 29–May 21. Fri.–Sat., 10:30 p.m. (Also Tue.–Wed., May 17–18, 8 p.m.) (714) 777-3033. www.chancetheater.com.
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