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December 17, 2003

REVIEW

San Francisco Chronicle

Now that the economy is improving and scary dictators are in custody, it is time to turn our thoughts to something that makes any holiday season festive: bad taste. Bad taste is the booster rocket propelling "Oy Vey in a Manger," a drag musical revue by the decade-old San Francisco a cappella singing group the Kinsey Sicks, which bills itself as America's Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet.

The two-hour holiday-themed show at the New Conservatory Theatre Center is rife with high camp, low puns, gut-busting song parodies and outre outfits. The "girls" -- Irwin Keller, 43 (as Winnie); Ben Schatz, 44 (Rachel); Chris Dilley, 31 (Trampolina); and Kevin Smith Kirkwood, 27 (Trixie) -- weave their voices on the hum-along ditties "God Bless Ye Femmy Lesbians," "A Lay in a Manger," "I'm Dreaming of a Vanna White Christmas" and "Where the Goys Are," among others.

The perky performers also saddle unsuspecting audiences with puns so awful that jail should be in the offing. On a set decorated as a manger, the "girls" recall the birth of Christ, which included the visit of "the three Weismans" and catering by Judas' Carryout and Pontius' Palate. Says one member: "Lox was key." "There would be a lot less groaner puns if we had an editor," Keller said, chuckling, by phone Thursday, his voice a flu-zapped whisper. "I think it's OK for the audience to have the opportunity to groan. And you'd be surprised at what today's audiences get and tomorrow's miss." More

Posted by acapnews at December 17, 2003 3:28 PM

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