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Lesbian Pulp-O-Rama's A Very Pulpy Christmas
By Amanda Cooper
A strong cast of women of various ages, shapes and sizes energize the stage in five holiday appropriate sketches. The ensemble consists of Heather de Michele, Anna Fitzwater, Gretchen M. Michelfeld, Beatrice Terry, Emily Burton, and Melineh Kurdian. All run around with tongue-in-cheek innocence and/or sneakiness. De Michele, also directs, displaying a knack for camp with a feisty over-the-top style prevailing throughout the show.
The performance begins with a girl chorus of "Silver Bells", which is spattered with cat fights and major groping between the singers. The bulk of what happens entails three vignettes which are framed by Kurdian's "Ballad of Ebeneza Scrooge."
Ebeneza is visited by three ghosts of her lesbian past, present and future. The titles of the other stories are fairly self explanatory: "Sorority Sluts", "Hollywood Harlots" and "Orphans! The Musical." Most are dominated by sexual tension though this is never given full release -- what we see is innocent virgins massaging each other, Lesbian silver screen sluts falling in love, and Santa guiding the path of the young queer-at-heart.
Far from your average holiday pageant, this raunchy show delivers a light-hearted, sassy queer take on Christmas time. You may not leave the theater humming "Silver Bells", but you will never think of Santa, or Ebeneezer Scrooge in quite the same way.
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