Alien Queen: The Concert, Brilliant Pebbles, Mystery Key, DJ Reagonomix | Metro | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Alien Queen: The Concert, Brilliant Pebbles, Mystery Key, DJ Reagonomix 18+ Recommended

When: Fri., May 13, 9 p.m. 2011

Jaded with classic-rock laser light shows? Tired of tribute bands? The Scooty & JoJo Show's Alien Queen might appear to be the next logical evolutionary step in the quasi-ironic appreciation of rock greats, but there's more than that going on in this crazily slapstick take on the first two Alien movies—which, in case the name didn't clue you in, is performed as a musical consisting of songs by Queen. Though it seems like nothing more than a late-night stoner joke played out to an absurdly elaborate and expensive conclusion, it makes statements about sex and gender I won't even begin to unpack—I think the concept of the "wet nightmare" might come into it somewhere. The company first inflicted the vision of creator and director Scott Bradley on the world this past winter in a successful run at Circuit Nightclub, and now the band and cast from that run—led by Ryan Lanning, who plays Ridley, aka Ripley in the movies, a role originally intended for a male—will reconvene at Metro. They're joined by some truly terrifying puppets and really brilliant costumes that bring H.R. Giger's alien designs to shimmying, ridiculously sexual life (that's Bradley in the Alien Queen getup). This one-night-only revue reprise of the play will also feature some new songs—or rather classic songs the first version didn't use. 18+

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