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There’s nothing bad about The Drag Seed

David Cerda’s latest classic makeover for Hell in a Handbag is a winner for summer camp.

David Cerda’s camp parody of Mervyn LeRoy’s 1956 film The Bad Seed, about a murderous, extremely narcissistic child, takes drag to a new level, working as both a hilarious send-up of a creaky but beloved old movie (itself adapted from Maxwell Anderson’s 1954 Broadway hit and William March’s award-winning novel) and as an engrossing, entertaining story on its own. Cerda transfers the setting from mid-20th-century America to today, and transforms the dramatis personae from a bunch of stiff upper-middle-class cis squares (plus a few on the fringe) to a panoply of LGTBQ+ characters, some in drag, some not.…

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