The only thing better than a live send up of an awful film is a truly campy live holiday send up of a notoriously awful film. Nobody does parody better than The Ringwald Theatre and they found much to mock in “Snow Girls,” which finally gives the 1995 movie “Show Girls” a reason for being.
Adapted by Richard Read, “Snow Girls” continues The Ringwald’s long tradition of presenting loving parodies of well-known movies and TV shows, such as an earlier holiday favorite, “Silent Night of the Lambs,” among many others.
“Snow Girls” stars Joe Bailey as Nomey Maloney, a girl with a big dream to be a North Pole dancer. Armed with a switch blade, big hair and an impressive set of knockers, she is determined to dance her way into the spotlight no matter who or what gets in her way. If you know anything about the film “Show Girls” you know that it became notorious not only for being bad, but for its unrestrained use of erotic nude scenes, including some between gorgeous women. (Which explains why the video rentals did so well.) “Snow Girls” pays homage to this aspect of the story by having its cast perform in outrageous Spanx-inspired-faux-nude outfits with boobs that look suspiciously like maracas.
Sadly, on opening night, Joe Bailey, in an inspired dramatic moment, leapt off the stage in his sparkly gold heels and rolled an ankle. But the show must go on. And much as we regret any pain to Mr. Bailey, the fact that he performs as a pole dancer wearing one golden heel and one black boot cast adds to the hilarity of the performance. And of course, the dead pan ad lib references to “Nomey’s” plight are irresistible. Bravo for making it work.
Lisa Melinn is wonderfully sinister and sexy as Krystal Berger, Nomey’s nemesis and would-be seductress. Genevieve Jona is a stitch as Ebony Mahogany, Nomey’s “just a roommate” (nod, nod, wink, wink) best friend.
The company also includes laugh-laden performances by Brenton Herwatt as Kyle McLachlan, Jeff Mansk as both Gay and Cocoa, Alex D. Hill as Creepy Elvis and other roles, and Dan Morrison as Jack Frost and everybody else.
“Snow Girls” is directed by Dyan Bailey, who returns to The Ringwald after this summer’s wildly popular parody, “Mommie Queerest.” The show runs without intermission and is tightly paced to keep you snickering for 75 of the total 80-minutes. If the holidays are stressing you out, you’re thinking of becoming a pole dancer, or you just need to give your laugh muscles a work out, this is the ticket.
By the way, if you’re worried that “Snow Girls” will pre-empt the annual production of “The Santa Land Diaries” and “Season’s Greetings” by David Sedaris, fear not. Joe Bailey and Brandy Joe Plambeck will be back in rare form December 19 to 23. (Although one of them may be sporting a cast.)
“Snow Girls” runs through Monday, December 16 with shows at 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Monday nights and 3 p.m. Sunday matinees. Ticket prices are $20.00 for Friday and Saturday performances, $15 for Sunday shows, and Monday nights are half off the original ticket price at only $10 a ticket. All students can now receive a $5 discount off normal ticket price on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday performances (available at the box office the day of the show with valid student ID). Tickets can be purchased online or at The Ringwald Theatre box office, which opens 45 minutes before performances; tickets can be purchased with cash or Visa/Mastercard. The Ringwald is located at 22742 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale, just south of 9 Mile Road.