The Ballad of The Bad Bad Girls
The ladies of the Shim Mamsir drag theatre company wowed the crowed with their sophomore effort, The Ballad of The Bad Bad Girls, a raucous tale of life in a women’s prison. Sweetie, the troupe’s founder, had to miss the performance due to â€˜female problems’, but the huge, gaping hole she left (Sweetie is well known around town for her huge gaping hole) was filled by none other than Mistress Formika, stepping in at the last moment to play the evil prison matron â€˜Pauline’ (Rather appropriate, as Formika did spend many of her formative years inside dank jail cells all across the country).
Bad Girls’ central character, innocent, wide eyed Mary Eleanor, was played by up and coming drag starlet Dallas Dubois. Ms. Dubois was quite magnetic on stage, a hard task to accomplish when you factor in her dynamic costars, most of whom were playing some pretty twisted sisters. Barbara Herr was a riot as a tough as nails, chain smoking, wise cracking â€˜broad; Mimi Imfurst was hilarious as Cheri, a goofball lady convict with ripped fishnet stockings and a Minnie Mouse voice. Bianca Del Rio was simply riveting as a pig tailed, drooling, spaced out idiot, but typecasting is a fact of life in show biz. Rounding out the cast were Lavinia Co-Op as a crusty old coot, delusional southern belle Bianca Leigh, Peppermint as the sassy Blaxploitation chick, as well drag legend Jesse Volt and spicy Miss Ginger.
Shim Mamsir Productions is the official theatre company of Bowery Poetry Club, and their monthly underground performance series is not to be missed! Next performance: April 29th. Be there!