If you believe the Kardashians invented the idea of becoming famous simply by being talentless, you are mistaken. They're plowing a furrow first made by The Cherry Sisters, five actual sisters from Iowa who rocketed to fame for their remarkable Vaudeville act in the early 1900s. The sisters were unique performers, to say the least: Severely moral and righteously humorless, the young women wrote their own songs, essays and short plays that they then performed with shocking ineptness. Crowds came out in droves to heckle them, throw vegetables and mock the women and their act. Dan O'Brien's play The Cherry Sisters Revisited
explores the psychological effects of being a spectacular failure. What kept the sisters together, and why did they keep the act going even though they knew why people were coming? R-S Theatrics presents The Cherry Sisters Revisited
at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday (June 6 through 16) at The Chapel (6238 Alexander Drive, Clayton; 314-456-0071 or www.r-stheatrics.com
). Tickets are $18 to $20. Bring no vegetables with you.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: June 6. Continues through June 16, 2013