Shanghai Moon


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Charles Busch

Published by Samuel French Inc

9 Male 0 Female

A spoof of 1930's oriental movie melodramas, this wild concoction by the author of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Psycho Beach Party and The Tale of the Allergist's Wife recounts the outrageous story of a notorious young beauty who visits Shanghai in 1931 with her elderly husband, a British diplomat

Soon Lady Sylvia (who can be played by a woman or a man as in the New York production) is involved in a steamy affair with a mysterious warlord

She incurs the wrath of his jealous mistress and his most trusted advisor while becoming ensnared in an exotic world of opium addiction, drug smuggling and white slavery where even branding her derriere with a red hot poker is not forbidden

"Happy, cockeyed new melodrama ... [that] distills the essence of every bono fide broad who roamed the silver screen.... Evokes the racy, gritty sensibility of Hollywood movies ... before censorship clamped down on the studios.... Packs more twists in ninety minutes than a year's worth of "All My Children" ~ N.Y. Times

"An engaging, often hilarious spoof.... Highly entertaining" ~ N.Y. Daily News

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