Egads! Townopolis is in grave danger from the fiendish Mistress Nightshade and her nefarious plan to rule this thriving city, and thereafter (wait for it) the world! Is there no stopping this ruthless vixen? Glad you asked! As a matter of fact, there is. If we can only count on that Fabulous, Formidable, Philanthropic, Ferocious (yet feminine) Foursome : “The Mighty Valkyries”! Comprised of Annazon, Tech Girl, Ninjenna and Serenity, these Princesses of Power will rise to the occasion before Nightshade can bring Townopolis to its knees! “Male” a virtual loveslave of Nightshade, begins to hear the call of his better angels, and finds our Dangerous, Daring Dames, to warn them of his Dominatrix’s despicable plans.
Playwright Jared Seman has crafted a playful, rambunctious, witty, intelligent and often (dare I say it?) relatively subtle spoof that ranks among Pocket Sandwich Theatre’s best comedies. He raises the issues of feminism and equality in clever ways and knows how to tap our sense of humor without necessarily bopping us over the head with a stale loaf of French bread. The Glorious Gals with Gobs of Gumption have plenty of gusto, and Mistress Nightshade has just the right combination of camp and cunning to make us cringe yet enrich this goofy yarn of Super Heroines and their selfless need to save well-meaning folk from harm, wherever they may be. Seman’s knowledge of comic book lore and the comfort of valiant, shining margin dwellers has served him admirably. It’s like a roller coaster, pleasure cruise and unicycle ride all-in-one as we riotously chastise the wicked, encourage the noble, and lend a sympathetic “Awwwww!” to the unfortunate. Seman has assembled a flamboyant comedy balanced with just enough dry banter to keep you smiling for ages.
Director Dennis Millegan has orchestrated this nimble, coy, energetic cast with great mastery and charm. There’s a kind of twisted, fizzy logic to the netherworld of three act comedy where shiny colanders can hack super computers, television reporters with names like “Scoop Wordman” are crucial to the plot and dishy, Macho Guys can humbly admit to wearing a French Maid’s Costume, that takes a keen eye and an intuitive sense of tone. Mr. Millegan has done a splendid job, and Mr. Seman has written an infinitely enjoyable piece.
Pocket Sandwich Theatre presents The Mighty Valkyries playing March 25th-may 14th, 2016. 5400 East Mockingbird Lane, Suite 119, Dallas, Texas 75206. 214-821-1860. www.pocketsandwich.com.