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The Kinsey Sicks: Things You Shouldn't Say

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Great singing, Raunchy
5 reviews
29 reviews

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: This is the true story of four friends whose life-changing epiphany at a Bette Midler concert inspired them to form the dragapella beauty-shop quartet The Kinsey Sicks.

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The Kinsey Sicks were founded in an effort to find joy during the darkest days of the AIDS crisis. Now that the era of Trumpism is upon us, they’re sharing their funny, inspiring, and at times heartbreaking tale, and showing that hatred and deceit can be fought with humor and heart.


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Reviews (34)

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Manhattan Digest

"They wisely combine parodies and self-deprecating material with strong social and political themes. The result is a smartly crafted piece which is both entertaining and educational...Stuffed with gleeful irreverence and hilarious parodies...They effortlessly stay on key, navigating intricate harmonies and singing live, tongue-tying phrases to precision...Together, this bundle of beauties will leave you deeply moved and simultaneously amused." Full Review

The Washington Post

for a previous production “While the group freely admits to being aggressively political, you do wonder why a band of such inventively diabolical brains couldn’t find a less self-indulgent way to memorialize a tragic episode…Along with Rachel and Trixie, Trampolina (Brown) and Winnie (Marken) sing robustly and kid expertly. And they are determined for you to hear what they think...They flow with the currents of 2017. And amid the glitter, the frills and the banter, they’re meant to be taken seriously. Full Review

Cabaret Scenes

for a previous production “America’s favorite Dragappella beauty shop quartet returns with a new show that mixes the traditional with the unexpected. Deeper, more complex and yet riotously funny… Rachel provides the most intense background with a harrowing personal tale of the AIDS crisis in San Francisco…This show is an expert mixture of over-the-top camp and compelling moments. There are ‘things you shouldn’t say,’ but you shouldn’t miss Kinsey Sicks.” Full Review

DC Metro Theater Arts

for a previous production “Parody tributes that elicit chuckles and guffaws for their boldly blunt lyrics…These gals can sing – lovely four-part harmonies and Broadway-style belts ranging from soprano to bass. And everything in between…The Kinsey Sicks…are masters of song parody and that’s what drives their shows…These drag queens have serious voices. Celine Dion, watch your back… Their bawdy humor and malapropisms aside, the Kinseys sparkle, shimmer and shine.” Full Review

DC Theatre Scene

for a previous production “Not for everyone, but, for those it is for, it will be a very memorable evening…All four voices are terrific…After intermission...the light ditties began to appeal to me so much more than they had before. I was hooked. And the parody felt more pointed…I began to feel that this program, which had begun in a manner that I was easily dismissing as somewhat facile, was actually and importantly one of the most provocative evenings of political theater I’ve seen in this age of you-know-who.” Full Review

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Funny, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want to laugh & be entertained by 4 fabulous drags with their views on HIV and Trump as the focus. A cappella singing is great.

Don't see it if If you like Trump, don't like drag or a cappella.

Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy political satire, have an interest in current events and LGBT concerns.

Don't see it if You are easily shocked. Have no sense of humor. Are a Republican.

Funny, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing, Informed

See it if You want to laugh a lot while being entertained and informed. You want to hear some truths. You want to hear some great singing.

Don't see it if You don't like to laugh. You don't want to hear some amazing voices. You don't want to hear about the struggles. You are too serious.

Also The singing was phenomenal. I enjoyed the dragappela production. I smi... Read more Read less

Great acting, Entertaining, Intense at times, Vulgar humor, Fun musical

See it if you like musical drags; political stand up comics, & LGBT info talks on the group's history, struggles & causes. This is a triple treat !

Don't see it if you don't like all of the above... and if you get offended w/ vulgaritites & Trump jokes. But it's worth a peek as not the usual drag show.

Funny, Entertaining, Classic drag, At times indulgent, At times off putting

See it if you've never seen the KinseySicks brand of dragapella music, comedy & history lesson. Lots of laughs, parody, screaming & serious moments

Don't see it if drag, musical parody,and lecturing are not your thing

Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like great a capella singing, political comedy, you are a fan of the sicks

Don't see it if you are conservative and have a deadened sense of humor

Also Not the very best work of the Sicks, but even when medium they are gre... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You like shows with meaning and humor. If you love drag and accapella. This show is alternately hysterical and heartbreaking.

Don't see it if You dislike drag shows. Don't accapella. Want a light and cheery drag show with no meaning.

Intelligent, Relevant, Hilarious, Deeply moving, Queer fierce!

See it if You lived through the plague years are part of the LGBTQ family or like a good drag show! These girls remind you how FABULOUS being gay is!!

Don't see it if You’re homophobic or republican...or as is usually the case...both.

Funny, Quirky, Indulgent, Dated

See it if You want to see political comedy in the form of song parodies performed by drag queens. You want to watch a classic LGBT group.

Don't see it if You're want something closer to RuPaul. You want something well-directed (needed more attention to make their points more powerful).

Edgy, Quirky, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy drag. You enjoy political satire accompanied by serious political rants.

Don't see it if You are easily offended. You are narrow-minded.

Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you are liberal, enjoy drag shows along with fine a cappella singing, political content and some very serious stories thrown in.

Don't see it if you hate drag queens and cabaret style shows. You are an alt-right supporter. You are homophobic.

Also A seriously entertaining show, and with an important message.

Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Raunchy, Great singing

See it if You enjoy drag shows and very talented acapella performers with fun and interesting parody songs. This show also takes a very serious turn.

Don't see it if You don't like your drag/acapella shows mixed in with a healthy dose of serious reality. Also it felt long at 1.5hrs, could have been 1 hour

Also The performers are without a doubt incredibly talented. However the ve... Read more Read less

Intense, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Relevant, Hilarious

See it if You want a drag revue that's equal parts fun entertainment & serious social commentary.

Don't see it if You don't like drag shows. You want a night of only light entertainment. You don't like raunchy humor.

Entertaining, Fun, Decent singing, Hit-or-miss jokes, Surprisingly somber in places

See it if you enjoy campy cabaret nightclub-style acts, a cappella, one-liners and the occasional dramatic monologue about the gay experience.

Don't see it if cabaret revues with cheeky performers in drag aren't your thing.

Go for the harmony and comedy and hysteria but stay for the history lesson.

See it if you have been waiting for these guys to get to the East Coast grab some tickets now and you need their tight harmonies in your life.

Don't see it if you don't want a history lesson on AIDS and the gay movement. But everyone should see it and learn.

Also I have followed these guys for 16 years and will see them every chance... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Clever, Profound, Great singing

See it if like musical with political overtures. enjoy watching drag . Want to learn more about serious issues affecting the lgbq community.

Don't see it if Dont like anything related to LGBTQ are easily offended. Dont like loud music. Dont like audience participation

Also seemed longer than 1hr, weird having a 10 minute intermission not real... Read more Read less

Delightful, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You want a fun romp into political themes with delightful drag queens and fabulous acapella singing

Don't see it if You expect a show with a plot or don’t want to hear some preaching

Funny, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like something different.

Don't see it if you don't like LGBTQ stuff.

Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting

See it if You want to laugh and be entertained

Don't see it if You don't like offbeat humor

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to laugh, be entertained, and experience a couple poignant moments.

Don't see it if you are a supporter of our current president and a die hard republican.

Funny, Must see, Resonant, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You like drag shows, with messages that are relevant and original song numbers.

Don't see it if You like Donald trump or adult humor.

Funny, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Relevant, Great singing

See it if you enjoy great singing of creative musical parodies by an in-your-face drag queen group with very opinionated social commentary.

Don't see it if you don't like campy, raunchy drag queens who interact with audience members and bring you onstage to participate in the show.

Also The Kinsey Sicks drag queen quartet are excellent singers. Their campy... Read more Read less

Clever, Raunchy, Hilarious

See it if Enjoy witty acapella drag musicals

Don't see it if Get offended by drag queens.

Ambitious, Clever, Raunchy, Relevant

See it if like original productions in a small theatre. Off the beaten track in many aspects, Like Drag and Politics, and original "campy" songs.

Don't see it if Looking for a happy production. Are anti LGBTQ or easily offended

Also I enjoyed the campy songs and drag. I expected a fun evening. some of ... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever, Edgy, Entertaining, Musical

See it if You like funny biting political humor. If you are gay or gay friendly and if you like clever lyrics and great harmonies.

Don't see it if You think the current administration is wonderful and if you are a staunch Republican.