But will this play in Peoria?
Actor and singer Richard Pryor Jr., the son of the late Peoria, Ill, icon (along with late hipster saint Sam Kinison) is guest-starring in Lipstick Goes On Last, a stage comedy which makes its world premiere May 25 at the Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee in Chicago.
Pryor, Jr., a former gospel singer, will be making his Chicago stage debut. He lives in Peoria.
His father starred in the 1976 smash movie "Car Wash."
In order to raise awareness about the world premiere stage comedy he and the cast will be manning the towels from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 18 at the non-urban Key West Car Wash & Detail, 215 Randall Rd. in South Elgin (847-888-8486). The Key West Car Wash is easily found by the large palm trees that border the property. (Rain date is May 19).
While he won't be dressed as his father's Daddy Rich, Pryor, Jr. and the rest of the cast will be clad Seventies-style as befits the new play.
Free hot dogs and Dilly Bars while they last for those getting their rides cleaned and 8 X10 glossies will be distributed. Actors aim to sell a few raffle tickets to support this indie production at the same time.
Period hits from Rose Royce, Parliament, Chic, Vickie Sue Robinson, Leif Garrett, and Meco will be heard all the way to Barrington.
In "Lipstick Goes on Last," Meredith (Kathleen Lawlor), a former community teen pageant winner, struggles with aging, alcoholism, a defiant daughter, a philandering husband, and her high school nemesis, now a Girl Scout Leader From Hell with her own problematic family. Her best friend Rita (Ashley J. Dearborn) struggles with overeating, a still-in-the-closet husband ( Pryor, Jr.), and her feuding friends.
General admission tickets priced at $30 for the 60-seat theater are available online in advance through Brown Paper Tickets, as are half-priced tickets for groups of ten or more.