Hold on to your snowballs. Running With Scissors' annual serial (and delightfully degenerate) Grenadine McGunkle's Double-Wide Christmas made the holidays more bearable for some. But the company bares all in this new show at Southern Rep, an extravaganza somewhat less pure than the driven snow.
Snow Girls is a gratuitous parody of Showgirls, and the pole isn’t nearly as frigid as you might think ...
This winter wonderland is full of strip clubs, and sexual favors seem to be the only currency exchanged. Brian Peterson is entertaining as the scantily clad and alternately conniving and blase Nomey Maloney, a “dancer” at the Snow Job club who wants to headline the more legit show at the Aurora Borealis club. In a nod to the Rankin/Bass Productions holiday stop-motion animation classics, one club is managed by Heatmiser and the other by Jack Frost. Every shift in venue comes with a few dirty jokes from a Catskills comedian-style emcee. Maloney covets Krystal Berger’s (Bob Edes Jr.) fame while resisting her advances, and in the end there’s only room for one star on the pole.
Unfortunately, as a trashy spectacle, Showgirls barely leaves anything to the imagination. The incorporation of All About Eve elements helps Snow Girls a little, particularly in animating Edes as the aging lead dancer Krystal Berger, but this is not the most intricate story the troupe has ever unwrapped for the holidays. It’s more of a fluffed up hour-long sketch with a musical number tacked on. That said, nobody does it better, and there is no holiday letdown when it comes to the physical comedy of men stuffing body stockings or flurries of double entendres.
There’s a funny water ballet scene that takes a zany detour from all the strip club humor, but rest assured, it’s still raunchy. Everything that’s overly precious about the holidays takes a spin on the pole. If you have trouble telling the difference between naughty and nice, this might be what you deserve.
Snow Girls runs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 19.