Photo by Doro Tuch
Beginning her self-styled musical with a lecture interpreting her work from feminist perspective and delivered by your typical male professor-looking type, the electro-shock artist Peaches defies any attempt to criticize her work. In all fairness, any attempt to give some sort of a critical read to Peaches Does Herself would miss the point. It's not groundbreaking, just in the way that no jukebox musical, comprised of a bunch of once well-known songs, has ever been groundbreaking.
But that doesn't mean that it's not fun to watch the titillation. To give you a bit of a sneak preview: A balloon vagina (courtesy of Sean Rooney), pussy bed (Simonne Jones) and special effect dick (Babes N Horny) decorate the live, theatrical music videos that make up this two-hour clitoral extravaganza.
There might not be an actual plot, but there is a general thread-line from the bedroom to the stage to the hospital, and finally to romance, that is actually far more successful than some of the cheesy plots cobbled together to make other jukebox musicals. Those fans used to Peaches pushing the boundaries won't be disappointed, the love story here is one that could never run on red-state America daytime television.
The title might suggest that Peaches is just playing with herself, but the supporting cast, including the barely-clothed Sandy Kane, the back up band Sweet Machine, and the absolutely stunning Danni Daniels, keep the show going deeper.
And the best part might just be watching the audience squirm when they're asked to respond like they're at an actual concert. Why is being asked to scream more unsettling than watching a woman try to stick a dildo up herself? I think I'll leave any further discussion to the male professor-looking types...