A Gay Ol' Time

Victoria Place may be a soap opera, but the pace never drags

Drama queen and drag queen oftentimes go hand in hand, which is probably why drag queens make for such great soap opera. At least, that's what Robby Kendall hopes.

The writer's creation, Victoria Place, is in stage productions, though Kendall's ambitious plans for the cast of oddball characters include having Victoria Place become a televised gay soap opera.

For now, however, one must be satisfied with staged performances. The first episode played in May to a crowd of several hundred at Cathode Ray, a gay club on Las Olas Boulevard. But the buzz has spread from there; the next installment of the series, titled "Come and Get Me," opens in a larger space at ArtServe on Friday.


"Come and Get Me," the second episode of Victoria Place

Art Serve, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

Opens Friday, August 23 and runs through September 7 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15 at the door, $12 in advance. Advance tickets may be purchased from Kendall at VictoriaPlace@aol.com.

Those who missed the first show won't have too much trouble picking up the action in the middle. In "Come and Get Me," audiences meet misunderstood drag queen Baby Doll Gibbons, who steals some jewelry from a Giseppe family art auction and swallows an earring when Jimmy Giseppe is dispatched by his father to collect what belongs to the family. Baby Doll's estranged lover, Richie, says he'll protect her, but that this is going to be the last time. Meanwhile, Baby Doll's roommate, alcoholic control freak Chase Ridgestone, seeks therapy, but unfortunately the therapist seems to want a sperm donor more than a patient. Sound plausible? In the bizarre world of soap operas, you bet it is! Heck, this actually is completely reasonable compared to some of the stuff on Days of Our Lives -- demonic possession, mind control by over-the-top bad guys with bad accents, several characters killed off then revived in later years, the list goes on. Not that we watch soap operas, of course; that's just what we've heard. Really.

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