The Secretaries tells the story of four secretaries and their boss at a lumber mill company. Patty is the newest employee and she is quickly becoming the favorite of Susan, the office manager. Susan shares a lot of traits with Jane Lynch’s character in Glee, Sue Sylvester. All the secretaries are striving to take the Secretary of the Month honor away from Ashley. In an early scene, Patty asks Dawn “Are you a gay?” Dawn responds in the affirmative as she touches Patty in a manner inappropriate for work. This is the beginning of sexual tension that quickly builds. A few of the subsequent scenes get quite raunchy and the audience loves it. Eventually, all the employees are forced to sign a chastity pledge, “but lesbian sex doesn’t count” according to Dawn!
The soundtrack for the play is pulled directly from 80’s movies and television. For example, True by Spandau Ballet was featured in Sixteen Candles (1984) and Broken Wings by Mr Mister from Miami Vice(1984-1990). These songs create an atmosphere of raw emotion at the right points and pure joy at others. It’s a delightfully fun campy tribute to 80’s horror movies filled with feminist satire. The audience is constantly engaged, whether they are laughing or shocked at what is happening. It’s an absolute whirlwind and incredible entertaining.
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Human by the Human League
True by Spandau Ballet
What’s Love Got to Do with It by Tina Turner
I Ran by Flock of Seagulls
Cruel Summer by Bananarama
Maneater by Hall and Oates
Broken Wings by Mr. Mister
Into The Groove by Madonna
I’m Every Woman by Whitney Houston
Separate Ways by Journey
What About Love by Heart
Doctor! Doctor! by the Thompson Twins
Domino Dancing by The Pet Shop Boys
Wind Of Change by Scorpions
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