Danville's perennial parody favorite, "Reel Blondes," comes back to town Feb. 15, with Blondie returning to her beauty shop only to find she has competition just across the street, where the diabolical Dante has opened a salon.
All appears set for a real showdown on Main Street when Blondie vows to fight tooth and well-manicured nail to win clip-and-curl supremacy in town.
Or, it's just another episode in the madness called "Reel Blondes," which has been entertaining audiences for the past two decades. The show this year "Back to the Roots," will be staged Fridays through Sundays through March 9 in Danville's Village Theatre at 233 Front St.
The theater, where "Blondes" has been for the past couple of episodes, is an extreme departure for Vicki Brooks, former owner of Victoria's Hair on Stage. Brooks satisfied her show business leanings by staging annual incarnations of the show right inside her salon, with audiences seated around the place, under hair dryers or at manicure stations to watch the tales unfold.
Traditions for the company, which continue, include song parodies, mostly of rock oldies, performers clad in enormous replicas of various consumer products -- soup, cheese, canned pasta and the like -- and a loose, take-no-prisoners sort of attitude that adds a spirit of fun to the "Reel Blondes" episodes.
The company has been extremely loyal over the years, with many of the crew returning time and again. Veteran
"Back to the Roots" is pretty classic "Blondes" fare, with Blondie trying to battle the mighty Dante by adding a tanning bed to her salon. But it isn't just an ordinary tanning bed; it's also a time machine, which allows the battle to be waged back and forth through time.
In a bit of self-referential mockery, the story has Dante offering music and entertainment to his hair customers. Then, in an attempt to bolster her chances, Blondie goes to the past to enlist the help of some of her ancestors.
"Blondes" plays at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets, at $35, may be reserved at 925-314-3400 or 925-736-2858 or http://www.victoriasreelblondes.com/.
RENT: "Rent," the coming-of-age musical by Jonathan Larsen, continues its run through Feb. 10 at Pleasanton's Firehouse Arts Center.
Despite severe changes in the economy since the play debuted, it continues to have considerable resonance with audience members, particularly younger ones who are engaged by the struggles of the young bohemians and artists trying to make a go of it in the bleakest part of Manhattan.
The Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical is based on Puccini's "La Boheme."
This production, by Pacific Coast Repertory Company, also features Alan Mingo Jr., who was a member of the Broadway "Rent" cast.
All shows are at the Firehouse Center, 444 Railroad Ave. in Pleasanton, with shows at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.
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