Beam up ‘Star Trek Live!’ for laughs

After a sold-out run in the fall, “Star Trek Live! Mudd’s Women” is back at Oasis, and what could be a better intergalactic
kickoff to 2016?

The spoof in the South of Market nightclub is a disarmingly faithful recapitulation of the famous sci-fi TV episode, but with men playing the women, and women portraying the men.

It’s not surprising that it’s spot on, either, given its creators are the same folks who have delighted San Francisco audiences with campy, sometimes even adorable, live drag versions of “The Golden Girls” and “Sex and the City.”

Directors D’Arcy Drollinger and Laurie Bushman (who also plays bad guy Harry Mudd) get hilarious performances from their feisty crew, led by the amazing Leigh Crow, a self-described longtime Trekkie who bills herself as “the world’s only female William Shatner impersonator.” Perky, with perfect pomp, she nails Capt. Kirk.

Her cohorts on the USS Enterprise are equally up to the parody: Honey Mahogany (from “RuPaul’s Drag Race”) is the leggy Uhura, Amber Sommerfeld is the properly calm Spock, and Ammo Eisu is Sulu (sadly, the character, played on TV by LGBT activist George Takai, doesn’t have a lot to do in this episode).

Zelda Koznofski, as Bones, and Emily McGowan (riotous, with a fantastic accent) as Scotty demonstrate how the men on the crew are mysteriously mesmerized by the strange female visitors — Jordan L’Moore as Magda, Persia as Ruth and Jef Valentine as Eve — under con man Mudd’s command.

The show’s charms aren’t only in the spirited performances. Amie Sarazan’s costumes sparkle where they should, the wigs are to die for, and the 1960s-tech set design really does look like it was created from blueprints used for the TV show. Another fun touch: the familiar theme and graphics come to life on a screen as the show opens.

While Trekkies (who get a chance to display their knowledge during a quiz at intermission) and drag aficionados have been the show’s primary patrons, “Star Trek Live!” nonetheless has mass appeal for mid-20th century pop culture fans who love to go “where no man has gone before.”


Star Trek Live! Mudd’s Women
Where: Oasis, 298 11th St., S.F.
When: 7 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; closes Jan. 23
Tickets: $25 to $35

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