Girl Play

Except for brief injections of camp administered by John Waters' vet Mink Stole and Dom DeLuise, there's little in "Girl Play" that doesn't evaporate by closing credits. In what first appears to be an interesting device but soon loses any interest, director Lee Friedlander places co-stars/co-authors Robin Greenspan and Lacie Harmon on stage re-creating their original stage play, "Real Girls," about how they fell in love.

With:
With: Robin Greenspan, Lacie Harmon, Mink Stole, Dom DeLuise, Katherine Randolph, Lauren Maher.

Except for brief injections of camp administered by John Waters’ vet Mink Stole (“A Dirty Shame”) and Dom DeLuise, there’s little in “Girl Play” that doesn’t evaporate by closing credits. In what first appears to be an interesting device but soon loses any visual interest, director Lee Friedlander places co-stars/co-authors Robin Greenspan and Lacie Harmon on stage re-creating their original, autobiographical stage play, “Real Girls,” about how they fell in love. The live event was hopefully more engaging than this dull adaptation, which will fade after making the rounds of gay and lesbian fests.

Robin and Lacie offer their tale in direct address. Robin tends to be clingy and is married to Audrey (Katherine Randolph), while Lacie is non-committal. The two strangers are cast in a play helmed by the flamboyant Gabriel (Dom DeLuise, pouring on the shtick), and, just like their characters, fall heads-over-heels for each other. Any Pirandellian notions, though, are far from this work’s extremely unsophisticated explorations of love. Even fans of Stole may tire of seeing her in her now-familiar slot as the homophobic mom.

Girl Play

Production: A Goff-Kellam Prods. presentation. (International sales: Golf-Kellam Prods., West Hollywood.) Produced by Gina G. Goff, Laura A. Kellam. Executive producer, Sean McVity. Directed by Lee Friedlander. Screenplay, Robin Greenspan, Lacie Harmon, Friedlander, based on the play, "Real Girls," by Greenspan, Harmon.

Crew: Camera (color, Super 16mm, high-def video), Michael Negrin; editor, Christian White; music, Laura Karpman; production designer, Dahl Delu ; costume designer, Shawnelle Cherry. Reviewed on videodisc, Los Angeles, July 14, 2004. (In Outfest.) Running time: 75 MIN.

With: With: Robin Greenspan, Lacie Harmon, Mink Stole, Dom DeLuise, Katherine Randolph, Lauren Maher.

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