The Really Desperate Housewives of Stepford Parish

I had the great pleasure of working at a club that hosted the annual Running With Scissors Christmas show “Grenadine McGunkle’s Double Wide Christmas.” They have since retired Grenadine, but her legacy continues in the sense that pretty much every Christmas song there is has been permanently transformed into some hilarious gay, campy version of itself in my mind. For instance, every time I hear “Walking in a Winter Wonderland,” I instead hear “Walking ‘Round in Women’s Underwear.” Thanks guys.

Well they are at it again. This time they are taking on the realm of Desperate Housewives, Real Housewives of…and Stepford Wives with a Louisiana spin in “The Really Desperate Housewives of Stepford Parish.”

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“Pull out the potholders and the Lemon Fresh Pledge: Running With Scissors is taking you where dustbunnies fear to tread, into the spic-and-span heart of suburban America! We’re traveling to the community of Stepford, Louisiana — a place where the loafers are light, the cosmos are crisp, and wives are always on the watch for waxy yellow buildup. Join us as we pull back the curtain on THE REALLY DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES OF STEPFORD PARISH!

Our story begins with Joanna Morgenstern, a feisty wife and fledgling artist, who moves from her plush home in New Orleans to the quiet, comfortable Northshore village of Stepford. But almost as soon as she pulls into her new cul-de-sac, things go from quaint to quirky. Joanna’s husband — acclaimed florist Walter Morgenstern — joins the local Men’s Association and spends most nights at the clubhouse with his new pals. And as pretty as her new home may be, Joanna doesn’t know what to make of her new ladyfriends, whose deeply domestic habits don’t jibe with Joanna’s good-time gal ways.

After a bumpy start, Joanna eventually encounters a couple of kindred spirits: tomboy Bobby Marco and superstar TV bombshell Tina Louise. At last, Joanna thinks she’s going to make it after all! But then, like a ’73 Pinto, her hopes go up in flames. Bobby and Tina become just like all the other Stepford wives, and Joanna feels sure she’s next! What’s turning all her friends into homebound hausfraus? Who’s going to those disco parties at the Men’s Association? Why does the water taste like axle grease? And most importantly: will Joanna escape from Stepford to the warm comfort of Bush?”

At Le Chat Noir Fri/Sat at 8pm; Sun at 6pm. Tickets: $26 Fri/Sat, or $21 Sun (include $5 drink credit) through June 27th.

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