Surfers wipe out big time as hacked up body parts keep washing up in this kooky over-the-top spoof. Drag diva Charles Busch plays police Capt. Monica Stark hot on the trail of a serial killer. Her chief suspect is sweet Chicklet a plucky bobbysoxer who wants to surf with the beach boys. What psychosexual trauma in Chicklet's childhood subconscious is causing her personality to fracture into that of a toxic vixen?
Lauren Ambrose ("Can't Hardly Wait") comically pinballs from one goofball genre cliché to another as she plays the squeaky clean Chicklet and split personalities such as a black girl from the streets and a villainous femme fatale. In a droll nuanced performance Busch lampoons the tough-but sensitive woman cop with a secret past. Other cast members -- "Dharma and Greg's" Thomas Gibson as a rhyming hep cat Matt Keeslar as a sinister Swede -- revel in rampant parodies mock bad acting and faux innocence infused with a twisted gay sensibility.
Robert Lee King's adaptation of Busch's Off Broadway play is awash in kitsch giddy homoeroticism and bold colors. Not unlike John Waters' "Serial Mom" or a twisted take on "Pleasantville " this savvy satire of Americana features fun sequences of beefcake wrestling dance contests at a Hawaiian luau trashy shock-value gruesome appendages and cheesy special effects as sound stage surfers ride the waves before a filmed backdrop.
The Queen of Music is going to make a little more live music after all. Madonna has announced what is likely to be her only U.S. performance in support of her latest album, "Music." She'll perform at New York's Roseland Ballroom on Nov. 5, and tickets will be given away via radio promotions.
Also on hand will be Perry Ferrell, Beth Orton, Everlast and other guests. Liz Rosenberg, Madonna's publicist, said that it is unlikely that more U.S. dates will be announced. Previous reports have said that there will be a performance at London's Brixton Academy on Nov. 28, but that date has not been confirmed.
JAGGERS VETOED BY U2: Irish band U2 has nixed a recording featuring the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and his teen daughter, Elizabeth. U2 guitarist the Edge told Reuters that the Jaggers sang on the rock ballad "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" while visiting the studio where the band was recording an album.
The Edge said on Sunday that he would send a copy of the original mix to the Jaggers, who are also thanked in the liner notes. U2's 10th album, "All That You Can't Leave Behind," will be released Oct. 31.
WILLIE's HIGH ON ...: Country singer Willie Nelson says exercise and marijuana are part of his daily regimen. At least that's what the 67-year-old singer tells Details in its November edition.
"I don't want to call it a drug -- an herb is not a drug. It's good for stress, which is the biggest killer on the planet," Nelson says about pot. "If you need some temporary help getting through the day, cannabis is the best way."
A GREEN HOMECOMING FOR R.E.M.: The rock band R.E.M. performed in their hometown of Athens, Ga., for the first time in eight years Sunday, supporting efforts by the Athens Grow Green Coalition to slow urban growth in the area.
"Athens is special to me, and most of us want to keep it that way," singer Michael Stipe said after the brief performance at City Hall.
SPRUNG!: Former Allman Brothers Band songwriter and lead guitarist Dickey Betts has been released on $10,000 bail from jail in Osprey, Fla., where he was being held on a domestic violence charge, The Associated Press reports. The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said Betts, 56, was intoxicated when he was arrested Sunday night after his wife Donna, 45, said he attacked her at their home.
BABY ON THE WAY: Country music supercouple Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black are expecting their first child due in early May. Black, 38, and his singer-actress wife, 44, have been married for nine years. They won the vocal event of the year award for the duet "When I Said I Do" at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards. Hartman Black starred on "Knot's Landing" from 1979 to 1993.