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By Chuck Rounds
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"Fantasy" is playing at the Luxor Hotel and Casino. The show has just celebrated its twelfth year on the Strip, making it one of the more solid shows in Las Vegas. This is a topless adult dance revue very much like all of the other topless adult dance reviews in town. It is simply another variation on a theme. "Fantasy," however, seems to execute this format a bit better than the rest. The show is fairly quick paced and all of the numbers are done with a lot of energy and exuberance. The talents of lead singer/host Lorena Peril keep "Fantasy" fresh and vibrant. There are enough variety and changes in the show to keep things interesting.
This version of the show still looks very much like the last version of the show...(which is not really a bad thing,) there is a new opening number and some other minor changes, but still, pretty much the same.
The centerpiece of any production like this is, of course, the dancers. Every one of these performers does a great job. They execute the choreography with style, grace, and a lot of energy. They are all working hard in one number after another with little time to rest in between, and they do a wonderful job. It would be great to see more of these performers get some individual showcasing spots. There is still a lot of talent there that we don't get to see.
All of the performers do their basic job very well. They perform, and more importantly, they perform for 'us'--the audience. They are each able to reach across that space that separates the stage from the seating and make a connection with the audience. I feel this is worth mentioning because it is amazing just how many performers in this town seem to forget that there is an audience out there. Perfunctory performance can kill a show.
Lead singer, Lorena Peril, has been with the cast for a year now. Formerly the star of "Sin City Bad Girls," Peril is a powerhouse of a singer...she is also a great host and a nice person as well. Her personality shines through time and time again, and she has become one of the premier hosts in our town. She really gets to show off her abilities with the song, "It's a Man's World."
The comic relief for the night is Sean Cooper. He probably has one of the toughest jobs in the show...appealing to a predominantly male crowd that are, quite frankly, there to see the women and not him. He quickly does a good job to get the crowd on his side, and is then able to skillfully integrate himself into the show. He does a variety of impressions and routines that keep us laughing.
The only problem that I have with the show is that as sexy as the cast is, they are never really sensual. Everything is clean and nice...and it is all fast-paced. The closest we get to a slow sensual number is the silk act that is beautifully done. If a cruise ship or a theme park did an adult review, this is what they would come up with.
The theatre at the Luxor is a nice facility for the production. The steeply raked seating offers a good view of the production for everyone. And the theatre is well equipped to offer a decent set and good lighting to the show. The size of the production is well suited to the space.
"Fantasy" does a good job at taking the basic form and format of the topless revue and doing it well. There is nothing really new or different about this show. It is simply done better than the other topless revues in town. The show is interesting and fun, and it is a good evening of adult entertainment.
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