'RuPaul's Drag Race' star BenDeLaCreme debuts her latest solo show, a highly theatrical blend of burlesque, comedy, performance art, and music loosely inspired by Dante’s 'Inferno.' More…
In 'Inferno A-Go-Go,' celebrated story-muddler BenDeLaCreme seeks to answer that age-old question: What the Hell? Turning her gay gaze toward Dante’s 'Inferno'—the original travel brochure of the damned—this rollicking romp through nine circles of fire and fun is equal parts brimstone and rhinestones. Note: In addition to the ticket price, there is a $20 food/drink minimum per person.
"Truly unique, not just in drag performance, but in theatre as a whole...She includes the goofy song parodies and wisecracking comedy so common in drag. However, she’s after something far more sophisticated – her seductive strangeness creeps up on you... More profound than the most chin-strokingly serious straight play, while rarely being less than belly-laugh hilarious...New, fascinating and intensely intelligent...A show that’s equal parts cheeky fun and insightful art, no small feat.” Full Review
"DeLa brings her trademark spark and wit to the stage, and even more confidence and polish as a seasoned performer...This play has a phenomenally strong dramaturgical backbone, and the layers of campy wit layered over it create a fully fleshed, insanely fun expedition. Amid clever musical covers, tongue-in-cheek video projection...there is a tremendous amount of heart poured into every moment...The balance struck between tugging on heartstrings and ticking funny bones is sheer perfection." Full Review
“Hell on wheels...that blasts the fun right ‘atcha and leaves you thoroughly satiated in its wake but still wanting more...Between the musical numbers, the multiple live characters, the costume changes, the puppets, the characters she plays on the screen, and her flawlessly timed interactions with her prerecorded selves...the show appears to be sublimely effortless. DeLa is without a doubt a smart, funny, vivacious, sultry, devilishly playful, and remarkably talented." Full Review
“Did not disappoint, but, instead, raised the bar of thoughtfulness you would find in a drag show...Pace, plotted, and, despite some film glitches, perfectly allotted with visuals, I was super impressed...BenDeLaCreme was so precise, energetic, patience, and aware of her audience and message...The most moral drag show I have ever seen. Actually...the most moral shows I have seen...As heartfelt as it is humorous, but always honest.” Full Review
“This beautifully coifed guide, with costumes by Helman, who takes through the Inferno of Dante’s creation couldn’t have been more hilarious. Throwing pun after pun, with a whip sharp razor bluntness of a pro, BenDeLaCreme offers us one of the most drag-olicious descent...The music is wildly inappropriate and perfect...Religion has never been funnier, and this introduction to this brainy drag queen was pure hellacious, heavenly, quick-smart, and inventive.” Full Review
"'Inferno' was incredibly well-paced, transitioning from circle to circle and keeping the story moving. But with as many themes as she explored, including racism, homophobia and gentrification, the concepts sometimes flew by nearly as quickly as the jokes. That's less of a critique and more of a true-blue desire to see what DeLa could do building a show around just one or two of the evening's concepts, considering that stunning pathos she brought to a harpy puppet." Full Review
for a previous production "A daring evening if dragtastic intellectual comedy...An elite entertainer who marries the world of theater with performance art...BenDeLaCreme's script is humorous yet she smartly hits you with intellectual dramatics. She may claim she has only read the CliffsNotes but it's evident much thought, time, and devotion was put in...As a performer, BenDeLaCreme knows how to captivate...The girl can play characters...If this is as entertaining as Dante's 'Inferno' actually is, then sign me up!" Full Review
for a previous production “Uproariously funny as well as surreptitiously thought-provoking...BenDeLaCreme, acting as our Virgil, gives a high-energy performance that never flags and keeps the audience engaged and mostly laughing throughout...This is a one-person show that doesn’t seem like one...It’s impossible to convey how much fun the audience was having: laughing, clapping hands in time to the music and ignoring the food.” Full Review
for a previous production “I was struck at how different each of her characters was: accents, mouthing, eye movements, and gestures - she was consistent and never broke character, breathing life into her on-screen creations, making her conversations with them seen real and live; her timing was superb...The entire structure of the show was beyond amazing, integrating many facets of her multiple talents...Don't miss 'Inferno A-Go-Go.' Full Review
for a previous production "Ben's commitment to character is total...The roles look and sound so radically different, how could this not be the work of several actors? But no, it's all Ben…This is something closer to an experimental performance piece that gleefully infuses modern sensibilities with vaudevillian form...BenDeLaCreme is the consummate showgirl and 'Inferno A-Go-Go' is a must-see…Ben is helping to redefine what cabaret can be: an intoxicating cocktail of high, low, topical, and timeless." Full Review
for a previous production “A dragsterpiece: a topsy-turvy full-throttle journey through hell (don’t worry—a colorful, funny hell)...It’s impressive to see what she’s accomplished here with this show—not just as a drag queen, taking on the live performance aspect, but in designing videos and puppets, and as a writer crafting a coherent, even moving, script. Amongst a seemingly endless sea of 'Drag Race' graduates, DeLa has now proved herself right around the top of the pack, at least with this show." Full Review
for a previous production “A drag show unlike any other - it offers camp, song parodies and even ventriloquy while being incredibly thought-provoking...She is the future of drag, breathing new life into it and allowing drag to jump-start conversations about political and social issues...Satisfies both comedy enthusiasts as well as those that want to be challenged by their art, and one thing is certain about the production: it is a well-rounded, well-constructed work of art.” Full Review
for a previous production "Writer-performer and 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Miss Congeniality winner BenDeLaCreme takes audiences to hell and back in this multimedia riff on Dante's 'Inferno.' Literate, charming and sincere in its silliness, the show is a diverting mix of comedy, song parodies, puppetry and amusing homemade videos." Full Review
for a previous production “In another time or place, she might be hailed as a new Carol Burnett because of her uncanny ability to inhabit so many different characters so well and so hilariously...It can all be a bit dizzying, but in the most delightful way...The production certainly doesn’t look like it cost a million bucks, but it delivers like it...There are a few dead spots here and there, but I have a feeling those will disappear as the show gets into its run and things naturally tighten up.” Full Review
for a previous production “An hour of inspired silliness with flashes of seriousness...This athletic and very personable performer is a supreme drag artiste possessed of great comic timing...She is such a fine live performer that this reliance on multi-media could be lessened...Besides BenDeLaCreme’s histrionic and writing talents, she also directed the show with terrific pacing and visual flair...A good-natured, amusing and playfully erudite theatrical diversion.” Full Review
See it if Enjoy flamboyantly funny, colorful, one person, artistically inventive drag comedy. Great venue, food, and service!
Don't see it if You don't enjoy sometimes down right corny over the top frivolous fun
See it if you've seen DeLa in past shows or on Drag Race and want to be entertained.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy fabulous costume changes or are looking for a play-this is more performance art meets one woman show.
See it if you want to enjoy an entertaining, drag-light show in the wonderful Laurie Beechman Theater. Great drinks and food.
Don't see it if you are easily offended about jokes on religion and sexuality, are looking for a super raunchy or kitschy drag show (still entertaining tho)
See it if Enjoy drag queens or Dela herself and/or are a literature lover and like parody. You like high-level puns along with goofy humor.
Don't see it if Are frightened of drag queens or shiny things. Hold classic literature inviolate. You're looking for a typical lipsync queen show.
See it if You enjoy Laurie Beechman theatre performance space, you enjoy drag queen performances or you just like ben de la creme
Don't see it if You are expecting an energetic show stopping drag queen performance or expect a lot of singing and dancing which is expected with drag queen
See it if you like RuPaul's Drag Race, you like drag queens, you like kitschy fun, you think you'll like pop songs with BenDeLa's words, you like puns
Don't see it if You don't like drag queens, you don't want to sit for an hour of cliches, the idea of hell bothers you
See it if you don't have high expectations of a mediocre drag show
Don't see it if you really expect quality performance of a drag queen supposedly from Rue Paul's Runway staging also unaware of $20 minimum imposed
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