Diversionary Theatre’s Cabaret Series offers a return engagement from 2012, Jamie Morris’ “The Facts Of Life: The Lost Episode.” Directed and choreographed by Christopher Kenney, it plays through April 19.
Based on the eponymous TV show (one of the longest-running sitcoms of the 1980s), which was itself a spinoff of the sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes,” this tells of housemother Mrs. Garrett (played by Morris) and her charges in the dorm of the all-girl Eastland School in Peekskill, New York.
“The girls” are spoiled little rich girl Blair (Tony Houck), blonde, sexy and free with her favors; Tootie (Kevane Coleman), with the best legs and shortest dresses, nicknamed “Hot Fudge;” short, squat and studious Natalie (Ashton McKay Shawver); and Jo the auto mechanic (Logan O’Neill), of indeterminate sexuality.
When headmaster Mr. Reynolds (Shawver) shows up to announce that the dorm will be demolished to build more administrative offices, the girls are faced with the choice of raising a lot of money quickly or losing their dorm.
Needless to say, they are willing to do anything – yes, anything – to get that dough. You will find them singing ditties about “there’s plenty of dirty goin’ on” and “Peekskill has a whorehouse in it (Lord have mercy on our souls)” before the final dénouement.
Michael Lee Scott’s set serves nicely, as do Brian Sabowski’s lighting and technical direction and Tony Houck’s musical direction.
There is much to offend the delicate sensibility here, but this show was not written for those people. If you’re ready for raunch (and it might help to be fortified with something strong as well), the goofball “The Facts Of Life: The Lost Episode” may amuse. It will be followed on April 23 by another Morris hit, “The Silence Of The Clams.”
The Facts Of Life: The Lost Episode” plays through April 19 at Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., No. 101, University Heights in San Diego, California.
Thursday at 7 pm; Friday and Saturday at 8 pm; Sunday at 5 pm.