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Monday, September 21, 2015

Set Your Phasers to Stunned: Star Trek Live Comes to Oasis

Posted By on Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 3:00 PM

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The only Star Trek film that Leonard Nimoy directed (1987’s Star Trek: IV: The Voyage Home) takes place in San Francisco, as the crew of the Enterprise lands a cloaked Klingon Bird of Prey in Golden Gate Park while looking for a breeding pair of humpback whales to take back to the 23rd century to ward off a probe that’s evaporating the earth’s oceans hoping to communicate with the now-extinct species. (Really.)

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Although it contains a magical (and allegedly unscripted) encounter on Columbus Avenue between Chekhov ad Ukura and a hippy-dippy woman who isn’t entirely sure about how to get to Alameda, the drag powers that be are one-upping that now-classic film with Star Trek Live!, a line-by-line re-enactment of an episode of the original series, “Mudd’s Women” at the Ten-Forward of drag, Oasis.

Because the Prime Directive of parody is always to be loving and silly when you poke fun at your forebears, co-directors D’Arcy Drollinger and Laurie Bushman have embarked upon 18-performance mission is to satirize the campy ridiculousness of the ‘60s show with lots of loving winks. After the USS Enterprise rescues a con man named Harry Mudd, his cohort of space babes begins to exert a powerful effect on the crew (a fact that NBC execs did not originally appreciate). Leigh Crow, the world’s only female William Shatner impersonator, plays Captain James T. Kirk, while RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Honey Mahogany takes on the role of Lt. Uhura.

It goes without saying that all the Trekkies in San Francisco are going to come over from Starfleet Command in the Presidio for this one, so get your tickets now. And just for the sake of noting what a badass Nichelle Nichols (the original Uhura) is, here she is petting a Tribble last week on a NASA flying telescope. She’s a humongous badass. 
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Star Trek Live!: Sept. 24-Oct. 31, 7 p.m., at Oasis, 298 11th St., 415-795-3180.

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Peter Lawrence Kane

Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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