"Welcome aboard Celebrity Slaveship," beams Miss Pat. "Please observe the 'Fasten Your Shackles' signs."
Danitra Vance plays the relentlessly chipper, pink-miniskirted stewardess, one of several outrageous characters in "The Colored Museum," George C. Wolfe's hilarious sendup of black stereotypes that will move from the Mark Taper Forum to Westwood Playhouse on Tuesday.
"I'm the sacrificial lamb," the actress says. "My job is to tune the audience in to the rest of the show. . . . It's really a thankless job. You have to enjoy putting the audience in the hot seat. And I do. I guess I'm disturbed that way."
Vance, who's recognizable to TV viewers from her 1985-86 stint on "Saturday Night Live" ("the most horrible-wonderful/wonderful-horrible experience of my life"), appeared with "Museum" co-star Loretta Devine in the film "Sticky Fingers," which played in the L.A. area for one week last month--then vanished.