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Ghoul Power

'Scream Queens' pays affectionate tribute to B-movie glamour girls.

October 29, 1998|JANA J. MONJI | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

What are six B-movie stars from classics such as "South Central Chainsaw Sluts" and "Malibu Vampire Vixens" doing in Parma, Ohio? In Scott Martin's sassy musical revue, "Scream Queens," at the Whitefire Theatre, these slasher/science-fiction bimbos are hosting an International "GlamaGore ScreamiCon" convention.

Martin's catchy tunes poke fun at those awful straight-to-video flicks in an affectionate, funny tribute. Rick Sloane with Paul Bunnell have constructed campy video segments to showcase each scream queen's minimal talents for maximum effect.

It's the dead of winter, of course, and each glam-gore girl is hoping for that next role, reminding herself and us that this is how Demi Moore, Jamie Lee Curtis and Geena Davis started. The oldest, black-body-stocking-clad Brit Nadine (Diane Hurley), is "50 and holding, no tucking or folding," and very much "still in demand."

Wearing a silver costume that fits like body paint, DeeDee (Lisa Ingro) considers sudsy blood baths an improvement over her former life of hooking. The more tastefully clothed Alexis (Lateefah DeVoe) finds celluloid celebrity, no matter how minor, more exciting than being an intellectual, like the rest of her family. Californian Richelle (Jaime Flowers) laments how men are her "personal horror story."

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday October 31, 1998 Home Edition Calendar Part F Page 12 Entertainment Desk 1 inches; 27 words Type of Material: Correction
Theater number--An incorrect phone number was listed in Thursday's Calendar Weekend section with the review of "Scream Queens" at the Whitefire Theatre. The correct number is (818) 789-6066.

Martin varies the musical pieces with something for everyone. Tonya (JJ Rodgers), a bouncy, former high school cheerleader, sings a ballad dedicated to "Fay Wray." Bianca (Amy Tolsky) tells how her family mightily disapproves of her career in the country-twanged "I'm Alright, Momma." Dancing to a Latin rhythm, the whole ensemble recalls how they filmed "Revenge of the Psycho Bimbos."

But it's not all song, dance, scream and die. These divas of death are willing to teach their fans how to scream or be a proper ghoul chasing a screaming babe. A trio of bimboettes--Andrea Adams, Susie Singer Carter and Beverly Sand (alternating cast members who also understudy two parts each)--pay silent but hilarious hall of fame homage.

Martin, with co-director Adrea Gibbs (who with Laureta Gibbs also designed the costumes), wisely keeps a layer of innocence on their talented sextet--sexual innuendo may abound but DeeDee in a tight top, fishnet stockings and a silver thong is about as slutty as it gets.

BE THERE

"Scream Queens," Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Ends Nov. 22. $18-$20. (323) 665-8961. Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes.

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