A Down & Dirty Christmas

Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre doesn't always present Grand Guignol and horror fare; it also serves up kids shows (currently playing on Sundays is The Tortoise and the Hare) as well as this Christmas-themed romp featuring garter gals and sinful sirens brimming with nubile exuberance. A sextet of cutie pies bedecked with lingerie, glitter and tattoos angelically sings a carol a cappella before some spicy, Latin-flavored dance music kicks in and the girls go wild. In what is essentially a 55-minute show of Christmas sketches, a lesbian version of Dickens' old chestnut A Christmas Carol is the loose storyline that stitches it all together. An uber-cute showgirl/assistant hits the road after her buxom Madame director bosses her around once too often. Madame's "spirit guide" appears in the shape of a snail puppet, guiding her through Christmases past, present and future in an attempt to encourage the stern Madame to mellow out. As Madame's holiday revue takes shape, a young male MC steps in, amusingly camping it up big-time until he gloriously appears in drag. Director Vanessa Cate's entertaining show beautifully mixes standards such as "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" and "Santa Baby" with a haunting Joni Mitchell tune and references to the beloved Peanuts comic strip. It's candy-cane eye candy. Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., N. Hlywd.; Fri., 11 p.m.; through Dec. 21. (818) 202-4120, zombiejoes.homestead.com.
Fridays, 11 p.m. Starts: Nov. 30. Continues through Dec. 21, 2012

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