Good taste is not exactly the governing standard for a theatre troupe called Slant -- an Asian performance troupe whose last piece was titled "Big Dicks, Asian Men". Their latest, Squeal Like A Pig, opens Off Off-Broadway at La MaMa E.T.C. Jan. 1 for a run through Jan. 18. Richard Ebihara, Perry Yung and Philippines-born Wayland Quintero comprise Slant, which pokes fun at "pop notions of Asian culture" through rock and roll, puppetry and choreography. As Ebihara told "Asian New Yorker" magazine, "Asian women's stories, like The Joy Luck Club, are everywhere. But the men's side of the Asian-American experience is non-existent." Slant's last show at La MaMa was the sexual satire, The Second Coming.
Squeal takes its title from a famous scene in the John Boorman film, Deliverance, and the show even has a fight/dance sequence based on "Dueling Banjos." Other episodes have members of the trio learning to surf in Hawaii, trying out for Major League Baseball, and "securing employment as an alien transvestite in an S&M dungeon."
An "intergalactic poperetta," Squeal Like A Pig is performed in both English and a made-up language, backed by Taiko drumming, funky synthesizers and religious hymns.
For tickets ($12) and information on Squeal Like A Pig at La MaMa on East 4th St., call (212) 475-7710.
-- By David Lefkowitz