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'Reel Blondes' rockets back into town

Rapunzel, her hair generously sweeping along the salon floor, was in desperate need of a haircut. A ditzy hair stylist named Blondie grasped Rapunzel's lengthy locks with the intent to snip, but instead shrieked in terror.

Two oversized, plastic lice flung out of Rapunzel's hair and onto the salon floor. Inspector Clouseau and his assistant appeared from stage left and broke out singing "Lice, lice, baby!"

Anyone not knowing the intent of the performance would've corrected the song – "Isn't it ice, ice, baby?" Obviously they hadn't been informed that Victoria's "Reel Blondes" cabaret is back on stage.

For the first time since the Victoria's Hair & Spa Salon was sold four years ago, a San Ramon Valley cast of "Reel Blondes" performed the much anticipated show on Friday night with hair-splitting laughter.

"HAIR we go again! And HAIR to stay!" the shows' program announced.

Tied together with a loose plot, the theme of the cabaret was "A Hair Raising Campaign." After winning the Fab Follicle Award, salon owner Blondie is persuaded to run for president of the United States. As expected, she is given wacky advice from several celebrities and political figures.

"All my deals are the best when screwing the West," said Donald Trump, played by Danville Councilmember Mike Doyle, who then belted out a few lines in a booming baritone.

The list of hodge-podge, pun-speaking characters crossing generations included a singing Mr. Potato Head, Mr. Clean, pop sensation Lady Gaga, Elton John, Sarah Palin and even Flo from the Progressive insurance commercials.

Every character was dressed to perfection and greatly resembled the satirized person -- or object -- including a black-eyed peas can, an iPad and Facebook, bouncing energy drinks, jelly jars and tea bags.

"Vicki wanted to keep this a clean show," said the can of Clorox Wipes, played by Paula Wujek, who has been performing with the "Reel Blondes" for 13 years.

Vicki Brooks, the show producer and former owner of Victoria's Hair & Spa, said Wujek is the main funny actress and has been honorably named "rubber face" because of her outrageous facial expressions. She said she is thankful that "Saturday Night Live" hasn't found Wujek yet so the "Reel Blondes" can keep her.

Judging by the crowd that roared with laughter, the audience at the Village Theatre was thrilled to have "Reel Blondes" back. Brooks firmly believes that laughter is the best medicine.

"I stand in the back and watch everyone belly laugh," Brooks said. "They lean forward and hold their stomach with laughter."

When Brooks and her husband, Bob, sold their Blackhawk salon and went into retirement two years ago, Brooks admitted that she wasn't happy. She missed the stage and her show.

So she made a deal with her husband, who she also refers to as Bargain Bob, that the show could go on for five years as long as the first year broke even with his checkbook.

"This is the happiest day of my life," Brooks said on opening night. She donned a dramatic emerald green dress and her glowing energy filled the room.

Now in its new home ("Reel Blondes" was originally performed in a downtown Danville hair salon), the show features a live three-member band. Brooks said she was sweating bullets at first, because the idea of a live band was outside of her norm.

But during a January rehearsal when the show finally came together, Brooks said she felt pure joy and even a few goose bumps.

How did the irreverence of the show come together in the first place? Brooks said the cast gathered at the big table at her house prepared with skit ideas, puns and jokes written down on pieces of paper. They picked from the middle, voted for the most favorable ideas and scotch taped them together, thereby creating the show.

"We brainstorm and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger," she said. "We're all full of information."

The abundance of jokes run together so quickly there isn't enough time to come up for air from laughing.

"Reel Blondes" is selling out quickly, Brooks noted. Visit victoriasreelblondes.com for tickets as soon as possible -- there is no time to "mullet over."

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Posted by Bob Landy
a resident of Danville
on Mar 5, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I highly recommend experiencing "Reel Blondes"! I saw this group a number of times at Victoria's on Stage and it beats going to the city to see that "other" show.

Please reserve tickets for Saturday March 10th at The Village Theater through the Danville Area chamber.

7:00 pm till 8:00 is complimentry appetizers and wine. The show is at 8:00. This is a fundraiser. Purchase tickets $35.00 through the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce. Call the chamber at 925-837-4400 or order on line www.danvillechambercart.com


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