At a time when politicos can’t seem to stop tossing barbs and the economy is sagging like a pair of old nylons, leave it to a gaggle of drag queens to come save the day.
Actually, make that night — “Drag Queens of Comedy” hits the Castro Theatre for a savage late-evening romp that’s destined to stand out for more than just an advertisement for the benefits of hairspray and high heels.
The show, spearheaded by “celebutante/hostess” Sasha Soprano, will be historic for a number of reasons.
“This will be the first time the majority of the queens will be sharing the stage at the same time,” says Soprano, who identifies more as a “personality” than a “drag queen.” Locals may recall Soprano’s 2009 endeavor, “Comedy in the Castro,” which was a hit.
“If you leave the theater and you were not offended by me, then I probably did not do my job,” Soprano says.
Note taken. But what about the others?
“The only way I can describe the night is that it will be epic,” Soprano adds.
The big personalities on the roster: Cabaret super trouper Jackie Beat, Lady Bunny (founder of Wigstock and DJ extraordinaire), Shangela (of Rupaul’s “Drag Race”), Heklina aka “Mistress of Trannyshack” and Miss Coco Peru (“Girls Will Be Girls,” “Trick”). Expect each act to generate laughs in their own unique way.
Lady Bunny, for instance is known for her wild, “mile-high” wigs and for being a singer-dancer, as well as the matriarch of Wigstock, the luscious Labor Day fest that’s been a hit back East for nearly two decades.
Peru is a talented monologist and singer — her social critique tends to sizzle, in fact. She can’t wait to hit the stage — she hasn’t performed in the theater since her film “Trick” first ran there in more than 10 years ago.
Peru says, “This will be a real once-in-a-lifetime event.”
About that — when asked what’s bound to happen when this colorful entourage of seasoned pros all come together in the same venue,” Peru laughs, “Oh, God — I hope we’re not getting onstage all at the same time, or else I’ll have a meltdown,” she cracks before turning serious. “Actually, I think we all respect what we all do. I’m just looking forward to the San Francisco audience and that building. There’s going to be lot of energy in that room.”
And even more lip gloss.
IF YOU GO
Drag Queens of Comedy
Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco
When: 10:30 p.m. Saturday
Tickets: $35 to $45.50
Contact: (415) 621-6120, www.castrotheatre.com