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History Gets Bent 

Wednesday, Mar 21 2012
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Thrillpeddlers continues its revival of original Cockettes musicals with the more-than-suggestively titled Hot Greeks. Scrumbly Koldewyn, an original member of the Cockettes, San Francisco’s gender-bending theater troupe of the late 1960s and early ’70s, joins artistic director Russell Blackwood to restore the original 1972 play, an absurdist adaptation of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata. In the earliest days of satire, Aristophanes railed against the protracted Peloponnesian War in the comedic play by suggesting that the women deny men any sex until they ended the war. Hot Greeks is loosely based on the play, but it isn’t about ending a war. Instead, it’s set in the World War II era, and we’re thrust into the middle of a college football rivalry. In their quest for victory on the gridiron, the heroes bounce to a 1940s soundtrack as they make their way to the Oracle of Delphi (in this case, “The Hot Twat of Tangier”). With characters including Clitoristra, Pendulum, Mrs. Ova, and Diameter, it’s a debauched romp with comedic innuendo and double entendre at every turn. The cast performs several Cockettes musical shorts at the end of the production.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: March 22. Continues through May 19, 2012

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