B.O.O.B.S. - Defying Gravity review in Bay Times

Posted by Jessica Coker on January 11, 2011 at 3:17 PM


Boobs Were Bustin’ Out All Over! By Sister Dana Van Iquity

Published: January 6, 2011

Jessica Coker, leanne Borghesi and Soila Hughes. San Francisco’s bawdy, sassy, somewhat nasty theatrical trio was back last week after a two-year’s absence to kick off the New Year with the “B.O.O.B.S! Defying Gravity” cabaret in the RrazZ Room. Starring Leanne Borghesi, Jessica Coker, and Soila Hughes in a 90-minute titillating musical journey, these BOOBS (Busty, Outrageous, Over-the-top, Broads, Singing) defied the gravitational pull of life with class, sass, and powerhouse vocals in their hotter than white heat comedic cabaret experience. As they warned me, “You’ll laugh; you’ll cry; you’ll want a pair of your own!” They were accompanied by The Graham Sobelman Trio (Sobelman, musical director, on piano; Alfonso Portela on drums; and Kellen Garcia on bass. The good news is they will be booked in New York June 17 and 18, with more dates upcoming at the RrazZ as well. I’ll keep you posted. 

 The buxom threesome opened with the title song, “Defying Gravity” from Wicked, wickedly opening their shawls to reveal bodacious breasts popping out of bold brassieres. They followed with “U Know U Want It,” teasing and flaunting their cleavage all the while. Jessica sang “White Audra,” proving a Caucasian chick can sing black as well, letting her inner soul sister singer out. “And I am telling you” this sister was on fire! Soila sang “Todd: the Phone Sex Song,” lamenting that her paramour apparently preferred telephonic intercourse rather than the in-person version. “Why does he prefer his hand?” she wondered. Leanne then belted out “Gravity Is Getting Me Down Blues” regarding her figure gradually going south on her (although her upper balcony was surely perky enough). She looked fine, especially since it was her birthday that night; and of all nights, that’s the one you want to look your birthday best. 

The trio joined back to sing Bjork’s “It’s So Quiet,” taking turns on singing soft as a librarian busy at work, and then bursting into a RIOT of very loud song. Soila revealed she once sang and lost in a Mexican mariachi contest, but proved to be a winner with the Spanish lyrics to “Baila Conmigo” (“Dance with Me”). Leanne sang “An Old Fashioned Lesbian Love Story” from The Wild Party as she cruised a woman in a bar with two qualities she admired in the lady: she was alone and she had a pulse. Jessica mused on the well known phrase and novel, “You can’t go home again,” in her touching rendition of “How to Return Home” and the difficulties involved in such a journey. 

For a complete change of pace, they all sang “Oh Henry,” which was not about a man, but rather the eponymous candy bar. They sang about many different chocolate bars, while Soila pulled lots of varied brands from Twix to Three Musketeers from her bra and tossed the treats into the willingly receptive if not chocoholic audience. But she refused to toss the Snickers, because, “That one’s MINE!” She then sang “Shadowboxer” by Fiona Apple: I’m a shadowboxer, baby, I wanna be ready for what you do; I been swinging around at nothin’, I don’t know when you’re gonna make your move.” Jessica said she was really a poet, and then did a spot-on send-up of a poetry slam. And then she sang “It Hurt So Bad.” 

In my opinion, the absolute climax of the evening had to have been the trio’s interpretation of young rocker Ke$ha’s songs. First they all put on specially made glittered BOOB$ sunglasses to look ultra hip. Even the band donned the Ke$ha eyewear. The three gave perfect impressions of “Your Love Is My Drug;” “Hot and Dangerous;” “We Are;” Blah Blah Blah;” and the big hit that put Ke$ha on the charts, “Tic Tok on the Clock,” because “the party don’t start till we walk in.” True dat! 

Leanne announced that her New Year’s resolution was not to lose her sexiness and sense of play, and proceeded to illustrate her resolve by macking shamelessly all over the piano player with kiss after kiss “After the Lights Go Down Low.” The three ladies did Pink’s “Glitter in the Air,” singing, “Have you ever thrown a fist full of glitter in the air? / Have you ever looked fear in the face, and said I just don’t care?” and continued, “Have you ever wished for an endless night?” and I could truthfully admit I wanted that night of B.O.O.B.S. to go on forever. It was because this group of glorious gals was “The Life of the Party” from The Wild Party, the musical. They closed the show quite apropos with a very Bette Midler “Pretty Legs and Great Big Knockers” to a roaring, stomping, whooping, hooting, standing ovation. Boobalicious!!! Don’t miss these lovely lusty ladies when they come back to town!


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