Sears and Williams take on 11 roles apiece, the most striking of which are women. Neither man spoofs femininity, nor do they vamp like drag queens. Instead, like any good actors, they capture the essence of each role. Tops on this list are Sears' Bertha, Aunt Pearl, and Inita Goodwin. Bertha is a buxom yet constantly fretting nervous Nellie, Pearl is her no-nonsense aunt, and Inita is a dead ringer for John Goodman in a waitress uniform. With Charlene, Vera Carp, and Anna Conda, Williams creates dead-on spoofs of other facets of femininity.
Sears scores with his Joe Bob, a portly stage director who adores musicals, and Shot, the security chief at a seedy Vegas hotel. The plot's common threads are Bertha and Arles, a whiskey-swigging good-old-boy who behaves like a naughty youngster. Whether as competing Elvis impersonators or a raft of other figures, both actors shine, completing quick changes backstage while making it all look effortless.
Presented by McCoy Rigby Entertainment at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. April 17–May 3. Tue.–Thu., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.
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