July 25 2014 12:00 AM

Cygnet's all-male spoof is more entertaining than Comic-Con

pageant_misswestcoast
Luke Harvey Jacobs in Cygnet Theatre's "Pageant."
Photo courtesy of Cygnet Theatre

People dressed up at Comic-Con this weekend? So what? Guys dressed up as beauty-pageant contestants in tourist-happy Old Town? Now, that's worth seeing, even if you've seen Pageant before. The musical spoof written by Bill Russell and Frank Kelly has been presented by Cygnet Theatre before, nine years ago, when it was still located in the Rolando space now occupied by Moxie Theatre, and in 2002 it was staged at the North Coast Rep up in Solana Beach. One of that production's actors, James Vasquez, is now directing this current presentation of Pageant.  

Now that you've got all that straight, here's the setup: Six guys dressed as female beauty queens compete for the title of Miss Glamouresse (named for a cosmetics maker). They dance, sing, strut and parody traditional beauty pageants at the beck and call of emcee Frankie Cavalier (Phil Johnson, making Bert Parks look like a shrinking violet). There are no holds barred and virtually no surprises here, but Pageant, which is now a 23-year-old musical, still has a spring in its high-heeled step. Best among the contestants is David McBean as Miss Deep South, who does a ventriloquist act superior to Billy Flynn's in Chicago and who brings to mind a Scarlett O'Hara in drag.

Pageant runs through Aug. 31.

Calendar

  • Visit one of the 70 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in town on this night and 25 to 50 percent of sales will go to local HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. 
  • Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward, who are vying to replace Todd Gloria on the San Diego City Council, will discuss urban issues, such as parking, homelessness and new developments
  • The new exhibition designed by Dave Ghilarducci is made from hundreds of rolls of packing tape and bound together by layers of plastic shrink-wrap. Visitors can navigate their way through cocoon-like passageways...
  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • The San Diego County Bike Coalition hosts this monthly bike-in happy hour event to get biking residents involved in their communities and discuss bike projects planned for that specific community
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • So Say We All's monthly storytelling night features stories about those jobs we took because we had to take a job. Featured readers include Allison Gauss, Annmarie Houghtailing, Cecile Estelle, and more
  • Artists from the all-abstracts group show will talk about their work and techniques. Artists include Edwin Nutting, Danielle Nelisse, Leah Pantea, Lenore Simon, and more
See all events on Thursday, Apr 28