On Saturday night, my wife and I saw "The Balled Soprano", the current
review preformed by The Kinsey Sicks, an acappella quartet based in S.F.
The group has been together for about four years, has one CD out (it's
a hoot) and has accomplished a LOT for a group which is not a
full-time endeavor (all the members have high-powered day jobs).
I have not laughed so hard in YEARS. :-D We loved the show.
From the moment the group takes the stage, you are treated to a show
full of great harmony, great schtick, and wicked humor. They call
themselves a beauty shop quartet, but Sweet Adelines it isn't. This is
a quartet in drag, and it is super! They look great, and sound even
The songs, from the original opening number (one of those "I never
want to see your face again" end-of-relationship songs -- sung to
their non-drag pictures) to the gorgeous anthem-style arrangement of a
Billy Taylor song ("I want to be free" I think) that is the final
encore, capture your ears and hold your attention by great singing
(none of the group has ever had vocal training!) There are some
wonderful original arrangements, in a variety of styles, that further
show off the talents of the members of the group.
In between songs, you are treated to more wonderfully bad puns than I
though was legal in one place at one time. (I think the pig will be
with me forever.) There is lots of audience interaction, which adds to
the fun in this small (120-seat) venue. Whether or not you understand
all the humor (a little of it is very thematic) you will enjoy the
UNLESS - there's always an unless - IF you are a very conservative
person, or are not comfortable with gay humor or drag, you may not
enjoy the show. This show is not for pre-teens. BUT, think of it this
way - if you are OK with the latest CD from The Bobs, you'll be fine.
I highly recommend this show.
Tickets are $20, and is worth every penny. It is about 2.25 hours
long, with an intermission. I'll be going back with friends, probably
on June 19th. Maybe it could be an acappella audience....
WHERE AND WHEN
The show is playing at the New Conservatory Theater Center space at 25
Van Ness Ave in SF (near Market) - the old Zephyr theater, 7:30 pm
Fridays and Saturdays until June 26. 415-861-8972 "to express
reservations" (that's what's on the website).
For complete details, check the website at http://members.aol.com/ksicks
Paul Sinasohn sinasohn@...
SF Native CAL '80
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