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Theatre Review (LA): Sketchy Queens by Dee W. Ieye at Casita del Campo

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There are many kinds of sketch comedy groups, but the one that performed recently at the Cavern Club Theatre is certainly unique. This six-member troupe has performed together before, some in the online show Chico’s Angels. The two leads are drag queens with a difference.

Dee W. Ieye is the top Tupperware salesperson in America and her friend Kay Sedia is the fifth highest selling salesperson. Ieye and Sedia are two drag personas developed by these two salespersons to sell Tupperware and apparently the “disguise” has worked like gangbusters. Of course they have developed a developed sense of humor in all this so Ieye decided to ask Sedia and a few other friends to form a troupe and perform an evening of sketch comedy (sans Tupperware but with the characters still in place).

Of the two queens, Ieye is the more sedate, perhaps explaining why she is the top selling salesperson and Sedia only fifth. Sedia is a riot and has many wild costume changes which build on her rather large frame, her wicked sense of humor, and her Mexican heritage.

In the course of the evening, many celebrities are lampooned: Martin Sheen (actually the two queens auditioning to become a goddess), Celine Dion singing “Don’t Cry For Me West Covina,” Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Tilly (a DVD of her greatest roles), Fergie, Christina Aguilera, and the Home Shopping Network (called TWS for Totally Worthless Shit), the musical Xanadu, Mexican soaps or telenovelas, Beach Blanket movies, and sly sketches that make fun of sex roles, both male and female.

Their cohorts in all this are all funny and include Beth Lockerbee, Danny Casillas, Cher Ferreyra, and Bryan Lovel. Their antics make up an enjoyable evening of laughs. Sketchy Queens played at Casita del Campo restaurant in Silverlake over Easter but are slated to return at a later date.

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