This weekend at the Gramercy Theatre in New York, Peaches Christ, Coco Peru, and Chad Michaels came together to give a cult classic their signature drag treatment in the one-night-only production of The Witches of East Village. It was the ultimate farce, poking fun at the the 1987 film The Witches of Eastwick, its cast, and the hilarious drag queens paying them homage.
The Peaches Christ production was pure genius. With a meta eradication of the fourth wall, the cast never missed an opportunity to throw shade at their own production’s low budget or give a lesson to the uncultured few in the audience about what happens in the original film.
Backstage, the Christ that is Peaches told me about her affinity for the movies she uses:
“I love the movies first and foremost. A lot of people think that I choose bad movies but I actually think, especially in the cases of The Witches of Eastwick, it’s quite a good movie. But even something like Showgirls, I genuinely love it. I love Mommy Dearest. So I think when you love something, it’s easier to tap into an audiences love for it as well. And so with cult movies, you add drag queens and you add more absurd comedy, and it’s all kind of a big silly love fest.”
After she's dumped by Lady Bunny over their differences on PrEP, she turns to her sister queens, Chad and Coco for solace.
Coco took on the role originated by Susan Sarandon, dropping references to the politically inclined actress’s career. During a musical seduction scene, Coco lent her own vocal chops to a mashup of “Here Comes the Rain Again” and Sarandon’s “Touch-A, Touch-A, Touch Me” from another cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Miss Coco also joked about her own career, from her 25-year-old wig to her affinity for Celestial Seasonings Tension Tamer Tea and how it feels when something gets in her eye.
No surprise who served the most epic Cher realness since Burlesque. Seeing Chad Michaels perform to a mashup track of “If I Could Turn Back Time” and “Dark Lady” made my young gay life. While also portraying himself, he was faced with the fear of life after Drag Race. But it’s clear that this queen is much more than just a reality show winner or a Cher impersonator.
Peggy L’Eggs gave a hilariously raunchy performance as Fellatio Alden, the kai kai driven queen who brings the trio to the West Village. She rivaled Veronica Cartwright in her Sunday finest drag and her merciless rendition of “Cherry Bomb.” Ben Rimalower is all laughs in his Jack Nicholson inspired role of the short nelly Jew with hairy dad bod that the bewitching queens conjured up. He served some classic Nicholson crazy wrapped in a flamboyantly gay package.
There’s a campy quality to a Peaches Christ masterpiece that’s hard to rival. Nothing and no one is off limits. Her love of cult classics and her relentless humor are the perfect combination for a parody of epic proportions.