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David J's 'Chanteuse' is 'the Devil's Muse' at the Bootleg

Vangeline, Daniele Watts and Douglas Dickerman in "The Chanteuse and the Devil's Muse" (Photo: Brian Jordan Alvarez)
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Using songs he wrote for the score of Ramzi Abed's 2007 indie film "The Devil's Muse," about the infamous Black Dahlia murder case, iconic early goth rocker David J (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets) has now created his own brief theatrical collage on the same perpetually intriguing LA tragedy.

Although it clocks in at well under an hour, there's a whole lot going on in "The Chanteuse and the Devil's Muse," from musical performances by David J himself (backed up by co-composer Ego Plum and Ysanne Spevack) to a creepy interpretation of the murdered girl's posthumous psyche by butoh dance artist Vangeline and a projection of the entire climactic scene of 1955 film noir classic "Kiss Me Deadly." Not to mention a two-character play involving the police interrogation of suspected killer Dr. George Hodel's mistress Madi Comfort.

There's not much of a sum to all these disparate parts, but David J fans, butoh enthusiasts, and Black Dahlia cultists at least should be richly satisfied.

"Chanteuse and the Devil's Muse" at the Bootleg Theater, Thursday-Saturday nights at 7:30 through October 1. Tickets $28 and $20 through the Bootleg web site, $16.50 through LA Stage Tix and on goldstar.