Review Of Laughternoon, starring Adam London

Updated 03/16/2006

Laughternoon, starring Adam London (CLOSED)

By Chuck Rounds

"Dragapella" is playing inside the Shimmer Cabaret at the Las Vegas Hilton. It is a wild and hilarious show that features a quartet of men, in drag, singing a cappella, set in Las Vegas, filled with sharp satire, and over the top comedy. It may sound like a bizarre mix, and it is. The evening flies by while watching this foursome. The quartet, also known as the Kinsey Sicks, has become America’s favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet (not that there’s a lot of other groups with which to compete.) They are unique. They are distinctive in their style and execution, and the four of them have seen tremendous success and have drawn huge enthusiastic crowds at all of their appearances. The Kinsey Sicks are named for the top end of sexologist Alfred Kinsey’s scale of sexual orientation. They have been profiled on national television and are now the subjects of two impending feature films. One is a concert film of their long-running show, "I Wanna Be a Republican," and the other is a behind-the-scenes documentary. The show is about these four "women" and their plight of being in Las Vegas. The show opens with the announcement that they are closing. They miss their homes and are ready to leave. As the evening unfolds we are treated to a string of delightful satiric songs---some adapted and some original, but always filled with side-splitting humor. The cast is comprised of Ben Schatz as Rachel, Irwin Keller as Winnie, Chris Dilley as Trampolina, and Jeff Manabat as Trixie. Each of the performers does an excellent job of defining their characters. They are unique and truly individualized, and the interplay between the characters is priceless and comedic. The most outstanding aspect of this production is rightly the voices. The incredible range of these vocalists thrills us, and the tight harmonies will be an inspiration to any singer. These are not easy arrangements. I know that the company would like to expand and take advantage of additional touring opportunities, but they are having a hard time finding additional people with the unique combination of talents that these performers possess. The Shimmer Cabaret seems to work well for this production. It is a smaller space that has a good intimacy for this production. It is the personal touch and interplay with the audience that makes a difference with this show. "Dragapella" is a fun show with a lot of charm, surprises, and amusements. It will be a delight for everyone that comes open-mindedly for entertainment. The voices are a delight and the actors are a lot of fun.