Off Broadstreet Theatre production of "Waiting for Lola." |

Off Broadstreet Theatre production of "Waiting for Lola."

ABBA jams, cross-dressing, comedy and the half-intelligible ramblings of a gold prospector -there’s something to match all of Nevada County’s odd quirks in the Off Broadstreet Theatre production of “Waiting for Lola.”

Written by John Driscoll and Jan Kopp, the performance wastes no time entertaining the audience with an offbeat intersection of local history and jams from the not-too-distant past.

A musical comedy, “Waiting for Lola” catalogs the story of Lola Montez, a famed 19th-century dancer who eventually made her way to Grass Valley, Calif. to entertain the local men and spectacularly piss off their wives.

Lola’s story is set to an eclectic arrangement of music, notably the tunes of 70s Swedish pop group ABBA (“Dancing Queen,” “Take A Chance On Me”). While we may not associate the Gold Rush with glam rock, it actually works well, especially in showcasing the vocal talents of Kris Stepanian, who performs in the show along with Chris Crockett, Sue LeGate and Richard Joplin.

The premise of the play within the play is that the Grass Valley-based group putting it on are waiting for a San Francisco-area actress who will star as Lola. They get big-timed by the big name, who fails to show, and an absurd-looking Joplin dons Lola’s costume (Think Jasmine from Disney’s “Aladdin”) and leaves the audience in hysterics.

Crockett’s falsetto portrayal of Lola – each of the cast takes a turn – also leaves spectators in stitches, though the twisting lyrics of the his song, “Hard Rock Mine” sets the funny and bizarre tone for the performance.

LeGate’s straight-edge delivery contrasts the goofiness well and her interaction with the crowd is priceless. (Warning: Gentlemen sit in the front row at their own peril.)

Overall the show is an enjoyable night on Nevada City. Playing at 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturdays through April 17, you can call (530) 256-8686 for reservations. Off Broadstreet is located on 305 Commercial Street.

To contact Staff Writer Kyle Magin, e-mail or call

(530) 477-4239.

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