By Bob Evans
Free wheeling, outlandish, over-the-top comedy parody roars into Missie B’s theater space as Late Night Theatre races through the current production “The Dykes of Hazzard” with the most kinky, kooky, offbeat, racy and extremely politically incorrect spoof.
Late Night Theatre strikes again with a crafty, but overwhelmingly nasty, script by Jessica Dressler and direction by Ron Megee. The Late Night Theatre crowd knows what to expect from this dynamic duo…and, they never fail to deliver. This production of “Dykes of Hazzard” remounts the 2014 version.
“The Dukes of Hazzard” of 1970s TV fame served as the backdrop for the parody/spoof where the characters provide fodder for lesbian-themed “Dykes of Hazzard,” a down-home raunch-fest of lesbian humor, foul language, altered lyrics, and exaggeration. Late Night’s lampoons create slapstick farce from successful TV series and movies. Similar shows of late were “A Betty White Christmas,” “The Birds,” and The Golden Girls Gone Wild.” For Late Night Theatre, nothing is sacred or beyond their reach.
Casting for “Dykes of Hazzard” could not be better. Katie Gilchrist is Luke Dyke; Stasha Case portrays BoAnn Dyke; Ashley Personett struts and poses as Daisy Dyke; Annie Cherry plays Aunt Jessie; Shannon Michalski is Boss Hawg; and Jessica Dressler covers three parts, Rita P. Coltrane/Enos/Cooter.
The production crew includes: costume designer Venus Star Nichols (2014) Charwick Brooks (2017): Wigs and makeup, Andy chambers and Alan Dunham of Wonderland; sound and lighting designer, Roger Stoddard; set design, Ron Megee; choreographers, The Cast; Producers, One Trunk Productions.
Exaggeration, satire, mimicking, mockery…all fit the bill for Late Night Theatre’s current production “The Dykes of Hazzard.” Don’t go expecting a lot of story line, the show focuses of fun, jokes, and a good time. And then…there is the singing as the entire cast can belt with anyone. Musical, hilarious, outrageous, it’s all there in abundance at Missie B’s showroom.
“The Dykes of Hazzard” opened May 5 and runs through June 17. Advanced ticketing preferred to avoid shut out at box office. Tickets may be purchased online through the Late Night Theatre website.
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