Ketheron’s Bucket Mending & Hymen Emporium (2011) – By Brian Morton

Sometimes things are shocking because they’re understood and not spoken of, so, when they’re talked about out loud it shocks us a bit. That was my initial impression of Ketheron’s Bucket Mending & Hymen Emporium, a comedy short from Anton H. Gill and Nicole Hammersla. Well, after giving a bit of time to settle into my brain, I’ve got a little different perspective.

The short is a simple concept, it’s the 1800s and it was important for women to be virgins when they were married…but, what about the women who weren’t? Enter Ketheron, a woman in drag who sells elixirs that will ‘reinvigorate’ the vaginal area! Yes, it sounds silly, and there’s really not a way to take this too seriously. Two women, one who’s about to be married, go to Ketheron to make sure that her husband to be won’t know that she’s actually had other….dalliances.

As a musical short, Ketheron’s Bucket Mending & Hymen Emporium is shocking and funny, but, when you think about it’s commentary on society’s mores, then you can go a bit deeper. The double standard between young men and young women, and how men are considered manlier after sex and women are somehow deemed ‘used’ or ‘damaged’ goods! It’s a very funny, and thought provoking, little musical comedy that will have you squirming a bit in your seat and then laughing in spite of yourself!

I’m giving Ketheron’s Bucket Mending & Hymen Emporium 3 out of 4 cigars, it’s not for everyone, but if you can ‘gird your loins’ for a bit, you might actually enjoy it…despite yourself! Find out more over at