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Continued: 'Pajama Party' is the ultimate girlfriend experience

  • Article by: KRISTIN TILLOTSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 25, 2013 - 11:05 AM

So what about the women who show up in slinky nighties and heels?

“Oh, there are always a few who show up in teddies and 8-inch stilettos,” Hauser said. “It’s all about celebrating whoever you are.”

On opening night, the audience was speckled with several men, some of them spouses and/or investors in the show, others upcoming “celebrity hosts” who came to find out what they were in for.

One supportive hubby, Jim Boyer, sported red silk PJs and a pipe, channeling Hugh Hefner. “Have you seen my new bride?” he asked. “Probably not. She’s not old enough to get in here.”

Would cabana cutie Ryan Prohaska be rubbing any weary tootsies tonight?

“Maybe, it depends what their toes look like,” he said, laughing.

Pop-culture references include the Kardashians, “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “diet bingo.” The finale is a 45-minute dance party with live music by the triple-blonde-fronted Belladiva, who belted out predictable rallying cries like “All the Single Ladies” and “I Will Survive.”

The show is co-produced by veteran Sandy Hey, the woman behind the long-running “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” franchise at Hey City Stages. Asked why she came out of retirement to bank on Hauser’s new project, she had a brief and ready answer.

“Two reasons,” she said. “One, women, and two, pajamas. We all secretly want to put them on at the end of a hard day. This show is about just getting away from whatever your life is to come play in a sandbox for adult women.”

Asked why this show for women was written and directed by men — James Detmar and Ross Young, respectively — Hauser and Hey said their experience with interactive theater, including “Tony n’ Tina,” made them ideal for the job. The women in the cast contributed material as well.

Hauser, who has a theater degree, says she’s a businesswoman first. She hopes the PJ party concept will pay off for investors with merchandising (including pajamas, naturally) and, eventually, multiple venues across the country, even on cruise ships.

“Clear the pool decks!” she said. “It’s low-cost, easily transportable and cheaper than putting on, say, ‘Jersey Boys.’ ”

 

Kristin Tillotson • 612-673-7046




 

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  • The Ultimate Pajama party

    What: An interactive “girls’ night out” variety show combining skits, music and refreshments with audience-participation games, ending in a disco dance party.

    When: 7 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 5 p.m. Sun. through Feb. 10.

    Where: The Lab Theater, 700 N. 1st St., Mpls.

    Tickets: $69 (includes food, activities and prizes) and $99 (add lounge seating and cabana-boy service). Cash bar.

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