Somewhere in an alternate TV universe, where it is always the 1970s and the posh Charles Townsend Agency still services L.A.'s moneyed class with its elite staff of glamorously gowned, undercover crime fighters, there exists a parallel detective agency well east of the L.A. River. Only this trio of blowsy, somewhat earthier angels comes with cha-cha heels on their gumshoes, a decidedly bitchy attitude and a virtue that can be summed up in one word cheap. They are, of course, those sleuthing Latina femme fatales, Chico's Angels, better known to their adoring fans as Kay Sedia (co-writer Oscar Quintero), Frieda Laye (Danny Casillas) and Chita Parol (Ray Garcia). And, in director/co-writer Kurt Koehler's razor-sharp restaging of the third installment of their madcap adventures, the intrepid posse of drag parodists again prove there is virtually nothing they won't do to get their man or milk a laugh. Their weapons include an arsenal of fashion faux pas (courtesy of costumer Shaun Wunder and wigmaker Janet Walker), a comic pidgin as broad as Whittier Boulevard., and a machine-gun delivery of ribald ad libs and double-entendre malapropisms that leave nothing to the prurient imagination. The plot has the girls going undercover in a lily-white prep school to ferret out a murder witness (the fine Beth Leckbee) who also moonlights as a high school hooker. The point, however, isn't the mystery but in the inimitable way the blundering girls vamp their way through the evening's wealth of pornographic puns and satirically skewered musical numbers. Cavern Club Theater at Casita del Campo, 1920 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake; Thurs., 8 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 9 p.m.; thru Nov. 7. (323) 969-2530 or chicosangels.com.
Thursdays, 8 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 9 p.m. Starts: Sept. 30. Continues through Nov. 7, 2010