‘Sex and the City’ even funnier in drag 

If you were of age in the late 1990s, then you probably engaged in “Sex and the City,” HBO’s award-winning chickcom that titillated audiences from 1998-2004 by candidly exploring the once secret sex lives of New York City women.

No one was as active as Samantha Jones, the character played by Kim Cattrall most memorable for having “sex like a man.” And you don’t have to be a woman to identify with her, says local drag notable D’Arcy Drollinger, who plays Miss Jones in — as well as directs — “Sex and the City: LIVE! ” opening this week in The City.

“I relate to Samantha,” says the seasoned performer, known locally for original works “S--- & Champagne” and “Project: Lohan.”

“Her attitude and sexuality is very much that of a man. And her self-empowered attitude is definitely something I aspire to,” says Drollinger, who is excited to resume playing Samantha in two new drag mash-up episodes of “Sex and the City: LIVE!” at the Victoria Theatre; previous versions were hits in 2012 and 2013.

From the troupe behind “Designing Women: LIVE!,” and “Roseanne: LIVE!,” “Sex and the City: LIVE!” also features scene queens Heklina as Carrie Bradshaw, Lady Bear as Miranda Hobbs and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alumnus Alaska as Charlotte York.

“When we conceived the idea, we thought it would be funny,” Drollinger says. “But it wasn’t until staging the episodes and putting them in front of an audience that we realized just how fun and campy this show can be — with the fashion, the dialogue and the sexual situations. Each character is a larger-than-life stereotype.”

While more titillating characters like sex-crazed PR pro Samantha and style-frenzied sex-columnist Carrie typically turn heads, Drollinger says all four bring something exciting to the table.

“So many people relate to one of the characters,” he says. “I know Carrie and Samantha are the two that seemingly get the spotlight. But after watching the episodes many times, I realized that it’s Charlotte and Miranda that have some of the most hilarious storylines.“

Carrie’s on-again, off-again paramour Mr. Big, played by Leigh Crow, also figures into the action. And Drollinger can’t neglect another allure of the show.

“New York City is really the fifth character,” he says. “Taking ‘the city’ out would be like doing the show without one of the girls. It just wouldn’t work. Even staunch San Franciscans like the mystique of New York. You don’t have to want to live there to enjoy its pull.”


Sex and the City: LIVE

Presented by Velvet Rage Productions

Where: Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., S.F.

When: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 7 p.m. Sundays; closes Aug. 10

Tickets: $30

Contact: (415) 863-7576, www.trannyshack.com

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