reclaims the eponymous avant-garde theater group as major figures in Brazil's history of state terrorism and artistic resistance," writes Diego Costa
in Slant. "More than just a 'bunch of faggots' (as the dictatorship's guards that surveilled them would put it), the 13-member 1960s troupe of gender-fucking, glitter-covered polyglot queens was 'queer' at a time when the word was still just another gay slur. Theirs was a status quo-shattering kind of camp, circumventing censorship through sarcasm, crafting intricate and combustible juxtapositions including a black queen delivering a gut-wrenching version of Jacques Brel
's 'Ne Me Quittes Pas' in a pink wedding gown — and combat boots…. At one point they try conquering Europe, performing in Paris for the likes of Omar Sharif
, Catherine Deneuve
, Jeanne Moreau
, and Josephine Baker
, who requests that the Dzi Croquettes
replace her as Theatre Bobino's main act once she dies, which they do."