Chico's Angels: Chicas Are Forever

“Dis is like one of those Agatha Crispy movies,” gushes bubblehead detective Frieda Laye (Danny Casillas), referring to her fourth adventure with her fellow drag Angels, the flirt Kay Sedia (Oscar Quintero) and the egoistic Chita Parol (Jae Diaz). A countess has lost her diamond to the sinister, smoking-jacketed Senior Crooke (Henry Watkins), and it’s up to the heavily accented ladies and Bossman (Alejandro Patino) to save the day. Camp with a twist of telenovela, Kurt Koehler’s riotous comedy (co-written with Quintero and James Edward Quinn) trusts in the ladies’ flouncing, vamping and squealing to carry the show. It does — and how — despite jokes staler than day-old taco shells and tension that had us on the edge of our seat only when Frieda’s dress hiked perilously short during the cancan. Even with a ventriloquist stripper on the bill and a chase sequence set to Miami Sound Machine’s “Conga,” the beruffled Kay dominates the show, and not just because the combined mass of her wig and the paper flowers stuck in it takes up half the stage. And when she and the gang lose it and giggle at their own ridiculousness, the audience only claps harder. Fridays, Saturdays, 9 p.m.; Thursdays, Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: April 11. Continues through May 18, 2008

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