There’s a production coming to the stage this fall in Chicago that’s your usual garden-variety stage production: It’s the four characters from The Golden Girls, only they sell drugs. Oh, and they’re all played by men in drag.
That’s the irresistible premise of “Miami Nice,” a theater production debuting next month at Chicago’s Gorilla Tango Theatre. Written and directed by Second City Music Program director Jeffrey Bouthiette, the play will run from Nov. 7 to Dec. 19. A description from the press release:
Miami, 1986. Divorced and over 60, substitute teacher Dorothy Zbornak is spending another lonely Friday night playing Scrabble with her mother, Sophia. With the help of her roommates, the slutty Blanche Devereaux and the phenomenally stupid Rose Nylund, she is determined to land herself a man, or at the very least, a date. But with the revelation that Rose’s idiot exterior is actually a cover for a cocaine distribution mastermind, the ladies are suddenly plunged into a blood-soaked world of drugs, guns, and cheesecake.
On-stage drag re-enactments of The Golden Girls have been done before- an off-Broadway production called “Golden Girls: Live!” ran for several months at a New York piano bar in 2003– but the Gorilla Tango production is believed to be the first to incorporate the drug-dealing aspect.
Perhaps the lone surviving actress from the show, Betty White, can be persuaded to attend the show.