“It has classic musical theater elements, but it’s postmodern in a sense, with this ‘Ugly Betty’-type character who is lost in romance novels and dreaming of this perfect life,” says D’Arcy Drollinger, creator of the show, which gets its West Coast premiere this week at the Alcazar Theatre.
“Her life really is pretty good but she can’t see it,” adds the sassy Drollinger, known for wild Bay Area theater projects such as “Project Lohan” and “Sh*t & Champagne” and a hilarious portrayal of Samantha Jones in a stage spoof of “Sex and the City.”
Along with the universal grass-is-greener theme, “Mr. Irresistible” has an original twist: The main character, Eileen, orders a fully functioning mechanical male companion. But her dreams don’t quite come true.
With nuances from the “wolf in sheep’s clothing” fable, Eileen does not realize that her perfect man will make all of her fantasies come true — even the bad ones. (She should not have wished ill upon her co-worker, it seems.)
“When I wrote it [in the ’90s], I think it was ahead of its time as far as robotics are now, and the whole concept of these love dolls that have been created,” Drollinger says. “It pivots midway through and turns into a horror musical. The guy starts taking everything she says literally, but he’s smart enough to know that if he’s returned, he’ll be destroyed.”
Eileen’s dreamboat also realizes that if she dies, he can walk among the humans and live forever.
“And so she has to kill him to try to stop him,” Drollinger says.
The show, commissioned by La MaMa Theatre in New York City in spring 2013, opened to sold-out houses. The Bay Area premiere, directed by Jonathan J. Carpenter with music by Christopher Winslow (“OMFG!”), is presented with support from a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission.
Revered local performers — including Cindy Goldfield, who plays Eileen; Jessica Coker (“Tales of the City”); James Arthur M.; J. Conrad Frank (aka Katya Smirnoff-Skyy); Joe Wicht (aka Trauma Flintstone); and Kristen Iuppenlatz Grech (“Texas Chainsaw Manicurist”) — make up the cast.
“We really have brought together some of San Francisco’s finest,” Drollinger says.
IF YOU GO
Where: Alcazar Theatre, 650 Geary St., S.F.
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday
Contact: (415) 766-4588, http://mrirresistible.eventbrite.com