MANGUS! — FRAMELINE35 – Tonight at The Castro Theatre, 6/25

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Sean Martinfield
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Writer and Director Ash Christian’s MANGUS may be the “Best In Comedy” for this year’s FRAMELINE35 festival at the Castro Theatre. Topping off this creamy madcap adventure is a cameo appearance by John Waters in an ultimate career-culminating moment as Jesus Christ. Ash Christian is expected at the 8:30 screening tonight at the Castro Theatre.
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RYAN BOGGUS – as Mangus

“I mean, I’m just a crippled-from-the-legs-down wannabe Theatre actor,” says Mangus (Ryan Boggus). It’s all about the town’s annual production of Jesus Christ Spectacular. They’d produce the real Broadway Musical if there was ever enough money in the treasury to secure the rights. There never has been and there never will be. Besides, the show (by some local composer) ain’t half bad and, anyways, after so many years – lots of Traditions have developed. Like, no pelvic thrusting by the dancers. Not while the Lord is in the theatre! Another is that, way back, Mangus’ father and grandfather both played Jesus. By now, it’s in the blood. At four, Mangus was presented with the script. Today, he’s more than ready to show the musical director (Leslie Jordan) how perfect he is for the role. He gets it. Then – Bam! An accident. Mangus is left paralyzed. Yeah, so? What’s that got anything to do with his going on as “Jesus”? After all, he’s known the role forever and won the audition! The problem? The scheming stage mother of the little cha-cha dancing queen “Farrell” (John D. Montoya) has secured a petition signed by just enough members of the Stage Mothers of Texas to oust the chair-bound Mangus and install swively & swirly Farrel as the Son of God. Really? Seriously, really?

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“The School Board has decided it would not be politically correct to have a paralyzed Jesus.”
LESLIE JORDAN

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“Hello, Mangus!” — JOHN WATERS

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