Saving babies from kidnappers is not typically a job for a boozy homeless girl but that is the premise of Amanda Miller
’s new satirical play, Drunk Homeless ’80s Girl’s Manifest Destiny
“Santa is spearheading this kidnapping because he was dropped by Coca-Cola and he thinks that by kidnapping the next generation of consumers, he will get Coca-Cola to pay him his deference,” Miller says in a phone interview from her home in New York City.
See ’Em On Stage Productions presents the play at 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow at Ugly Dog Saloon & BBQ
The absurd comedy combines puppetry, sketch comedy and movement and comments on bureaucracy, consumerism and religion. The show is heavy on the ’80s theme, with music and costumes from the era.
”The audience will see some really cool staging and dance moves, also cross-dressing and ridiculous and over the top sex moves,” Miller says.
The program also includes a performance by the long-form improvisation duo Beets and Berries, and following the show is an ’80s-themed trivia game. Tickets are $8.
See ’Em on Stage is known for shows rich in quirk and absurdity, such as Terminator: The Musical
and Musical of the Living Dead
, which featured blood splashing the front rows of the audience. Founder and artistic director Christopher Bentivegna says the company is trying to show as many original works as possible. The company recently announced its 2016/2017 season, which follows the theme “Rebel Rebel.” Shows include:
. The comic rock-opera tells the story of one of America’s most notorious killers, Lizzie Borden, who was accused of murdering her parents. Borden was acquitted mostly because there were no witnesses to the crime.
New Orleans Art Center (3330 St. Claude Ave.)
The Toxic Avenger (The Musical)
. The love story delves into environmental issues with a funny twist. It is based on Lloyd Kaufman’s 1984 horror movie of the same name.
The Valiant Theatre (6621 St. Claude Ave.)
The Lion in Winter
. Themes of adultery, betrayal and family dysfunction are at the center of this dramatic comedy, which tells the story of Plantagenet royal family in 1183.
Avant-Garden District (2901 Tchoupitoulas St.)
. Dancing and singing dinosaurs take charge in this offbeat musical to tell the story of the film Jurassic Park from their perspective.