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HOMO For the Holidays 2010: A Review


So what is HOMO For the Holidays? Well, those with their ear to the ground on Seattle’s burlesque (or those who read a preview on the subject by this same author) will know that it is a marvelous holiday show put on by the exceptional Ben De La Crème. The show’s main attractions are a slew of Christmas and Chanukah themed songs, burlesque numbers, and vaudeville acts. Taken together, the different acts create a show that is easily the highlight of the holiday season.

One of the best things about Seattle’s burlesque scene is its mind-blowing variety, and HOMO for the Holidays exemplifies that in microcosm. Each performer brings something unique to the stage, and the show is stronger as a result. Ben De La Creme’s creative influence can be felt everywhere, and on stage he keeps the show moving with high energy songs and jokes. Ilvs Strauss plays the counterweight to Ben, keeping the show grounded on occasion. The duo Cherdonna and Lou Show bring a good dose of physical comedy, while Paris Original contrasts off them with ballet grace. As for Fuchsia FoXXX, no one can mach her for beauty and sex appeal. Ms. FoXXX could be doing her taxes and everyone would scream for more.

Going even further to make sure no two performances of HOMO are the same, each night features a different special guest. Thursday’s opening night had the drag queen extraordinaire Jinkx Monsoon, who demonstrated her musical acumen with songs from Sweeney Todd, modified suitably for the Seattle LGBT community. Future guest performers include Indigo Blue, Sarah Rudinoff, Nick Garrison, Waxie Moon, Sylvia O’Stayformore, Victor Janusz, and The Shanghai Pearl. Quite a nice incentive for repeat viewings.

In the interests of fairness, it must be pointed out that the show had some issues in the technical department when I saw it. There were a few instances of mikes cutting out at the wrong times, but more frustrating were the pools of darkness that dotted the stage. Sometimes a performer would cross into the wrong spot, and suddenly they couldn’t be seen. Fortunately, these are the kinds of problems that can usually be fixed between shows, so future performances will hopefully be rid of them!

Bottom line: this is a fantastic show that everyone should see. HOMO For the Holidays has six shows left: Friday November 26th, Saturday November 27th, Thursday December 2nd (special Chanukah performance), Friday December 3rd, Saturday December 4th, and Friday December 24th (Christmas Eve). Each show is 8:00pm at the West Hall, Oddfellows Building. Tickets are available here. There aren’t a lot of seats, so get them fast.