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Monday, January 5, 2015

New Club Opens in SOMA, Brings Show Full of Stripping and Poop Jokes With It

Posted By on Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 12:41 PM

D'arcy Drollinger as Champagne - LAWRENCE HELMAN PR
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On New Year’s Eve, the long-closed club Oasis re-opened in SOMA — bringing with it a Rocky Horror Picture Show-esque drag show that's set in a strip club and chock-full of poop jokes. 

The new club's inaugural show, Shit & Champagne: A Whitesploitation Comedy with Dance spoofs 1970s movies such as Charlie's Angels and Foxy Brown, and is based on a true life event — 10 years ago, New York City was having problems with its sewers because patrons were flushing their underwear down the toilet at night clubs.

Shit and Champagne follows the basic plot of a lot of 1970s exploitation films: there's a murder and someone innocent gets involved and seeks revenge. In this case, Champagne's sister and fiance are both killed, and she sets out to avenge their murder.

Although the plot sounds dramatic, the show is lighthearted and "very, very slapstick-y and farcical," says actor, writer and choreographer D'arcy Drollinger, who with local personality Heklina, has been working for months to open Oasis (it replaces the nightclub Caliente).

According to Drollinger, who wrote and directed the show and also plays Champagne White, the central character, the show "[the show] is not a musical, it is a comedy with dance," as the title suggests. "There are little drag shows throughout the show, and the actors break into dance numbers throughout the piece which adds a whole other level of comedy."

Also, 30 minutes before the show starts, and also during the intermission, audience members are treated to a pole-dancing show onstage, frequently performed by friends of the actors, professionals, and of course drag queens.

Drollinger also notes "the audience is very much a part of the show," and that the cast interacts with those watching the spectacle.

Before coming to Oasis, the show debuted in New York in 2006 and ran for about a year, according to Drollinger. It also appeared at Rebel in January 2014 and ran for five months.

"This last incarnation really hit its stride," says Drollinger, "It was successful in New York, but it really hit it with San Francisco audiences."

In both New York and San Francisco, some people came back to see the show three or four times, earning the name "Shitheads."

"It's sort of racy, and there are a lot of poop jokes," Drollinger says. "One of the actor’s 80-year-old parents came and were kind of uncomfortable, and by the end they were howling with laughter. If you can win over the 80-year-olds with drag queens and poop jokes, you know you’ve got a hit."

Drollinger said that the goal for Oasis is to "create something that will appeal both locally and to tourists."

"There are no mid size theaters [in San Francisco]—everything is really tiny or really huge," Drollinger says.

Nancy French, an actor in the show, says "[Oasis] is made by performers, for performers. This is the perfect opening show for Oasis," French adds. "I feel strongly about keeping San Francisco ridiculous, and [the show] definitely does that. I think San Francisco needs this club as much as it needs Shit and Champagne."

The show opens on Thursday, January 8 and runs until Valentine's Day. Shows are Thu-Sat  at 7 p.m. at Oasis (298 11th St.). Each show is 90 minutes with an intermission. Tickets are $25 in advance, or $30 at the door.

Update: A previous version of this story stated audience members were allowed to participate in the pole dancing, but you'll have to save that dance for another time — only professionals are allowed on the poles. SF Weekly regrets the error.
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