Hell to the Chiefs

Lopping off heads of state in Tempe

Those show-biz types -- writers, performers, carnies -- they just plain make up a lot of stuff. Shameful! So when Citrus Valley Playhouse creator Brian Nissen mentions LOCUBTZPIVVL (Lack of Connection und Belonging to Ze Place in Vich Ve Live) Syndrome -- a sociological phenomenon first observed by Dr. Dieter Zigheim -- we suspect that Dr. Zigheim won't be available for comment. LOCUBTZPIVVL, however, is an all-too-real epidemic. But there's relief in the form of The Napolinator and the Ex-Guvs for Justice!, a live, kinda-like-the-radio variety show from the same loopy history buffs who delivered Arpaio-palooza! last March. How did Governor Janet Napolitano become the fearsome Napolinator? "She's been stung by a mutant honeybee," Nissen explains, "and has taken on honeybee powers." And our ex-governors? "Each has their own power. Ev Mecham has the power to stun people with his speech. Rose Mofford uses her battering-ram hairdo. Fife Symington hurls pastries." And that's just one sketch in an evening of community-building lunacy that is "a little bit like A Prairie Home Companion," Nissen says. "It's broken up into segments: The Blind Ranger, Mullets Over America, Turning Back the Clock -- this time we're doing the story of the Code Talkers -- musical guests . . . Wallace [Bill Thompson of Wallace & Ladmo] . . . "
Thu., Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m., 2007

 
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