The drag-fest that is She-Rantulas From Outer Space in 3D is so over the top it might as well be in outer space. But the wild-eyed screams, broad sight gags and what-the-hell plot aren’t much different than what you may remember from those belovedly bad sci-fi flicks from the ‘50s – you know, like The Attack of the 50-Foot Woman or It! The Terror From Beyond Space. Ruff Yeager and Phil Johnson co-wrote She-Rantulas, with Yeager directing at Diversionary Theatre and Johnson, in ‘50s flip hairdo, starring as beleaguered housewife Betty. Melinda Gilb, Andy Collins and Fred Harlow contribute dual or, in Gilb’s case, multiple roles, and Diversionary regular Tony Houck is achingly funny as Suzie, Betty’s daughter-slash-the She-Rantula. The alien antics are loud and go on a bit longer than need be in this one-act show, but wasn’t that true with those ‘50s sci-fi pictures we now so romanticize? Besides, you couldn’t get a 50-foot woman inside a theater.
David L. Coddon is theater critic for San Diego CityBeat