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The Kinsey Sicks: Things You Shouldn't Say

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Raunchy, Great singing

About the show

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, returns to Soho Playhouse.

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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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Manhattan Digest

for a previous production "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

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

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

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Edgy, Provocative, Biting, Intelligent & raunchy, Terrific vocals

See it if You're up for a fun hilarious evening of amazing 4part acapela drag both silly & quite serious, spot-on & important in this political moment

Don't see it if You're homophobic or Republican; it simply won't be pleasant for you, all those raunchy drag queens and all that AIDS/HIV and LGBTQ talk.

Also The Kinsey drag queens are radiant & fabulous, not to mention talented... Read more Read less

Funny, Edgy, Raunchy, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if Kinsey's mixing it up with politics, LGBT activism & typical raunchy humor "Girls" all at the top of their game w/ personal fav Trixie A#1

Don't see it if Despite being heartfelt & moving, Rachel's 'life in the AIDS war zone' monologue mid-show sinks comic momentum & show never quite recovers

Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Heartfelt

See it if You are a fan of or enjoy drag queen shows with some important messages attached.

Don't see it if You might be put off by the above, are homophobic or a Trump supporter.

Raunchy, Relevant, Resonant, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if you like a little relevance with your fun

Don't see it if drag queens make you uncomfortable, because these four are drag queens on steroids

Funny, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining, Obvious

See it if you want a fun, silly, campy drag acapella production that feels charmingly old school. Great singing. but the dialogue is lackluster

Don't see it if you want something vigorous and edgy. Some great historical insight but some hackneyed attempts to reference contemporary politics

Raunchy, Great writing, Dated, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You want great drag as well as heart wrenching moments

Don't see it if You REALLY have something against drag

Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love great acapella...some funny raunchy jokes and a bit of Trump bashing!

Don't see it if you dislike funny drag and great acapella performances!

Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love great acapella singing and a lesson in very important part of American history.

Don't see it if You think it's a slap stick drag show. It's so much more!

Funny, Raunchy, Dated, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like drag, stupendous acapella singing, heartfelt messages re: AIDS, human rights, the current political climate, gay history

Don't see it if you are intolerant of "preaching to the choir", scatalogical humor, lack of real edginess, and want something other than an eve of bawdy fun

Funny, Clever, Relevant, Well sung, Broad (no pun intended)

See it if you enjoy drag and a cappella. The songs' lyrics are terrific--funny and insightful. The book isn't as good. The four singers are talented.

Don't see it if you want only light fare; TYSS gets heavy w/an AIDS monologue. Some parts are raunchy (lots of swearing). Audience participation.

Also There's a lot to enjoy and admire at TYSS. Time flew by. Some of the s... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever, Edgy

See it if you like drag shows. Very talented cast performs fun original topical material with strong bias (pro LGBT, anti Trump.)

Don't see it if you are easily offended by profanity or don't like LGBT issues.

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

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

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