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posted Friday, December 16, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 50
Homo for the Holidays a one-of-a-kind holiday smash
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Homo for the Holidays a one-of-a-kind holiday smash

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Homo for the Holidays
Oddfellows Building, West Hall
Through December 24


Seattle - especially Gay Seattle - has more holiday shows than you could shake a snow-covered Christmas tree branch at. That said, only a handful of them are actually worth the money for a ticket.

Happily, that is definitely not the case with Homo for the Holidays, the LGBT Christmas tradition produced by DeLouRue (BenDeLaCreme, Lou Henry Hoover, and Kitten LaRue) featuring singing, dancing, and holiday hi-jinx galore. If you see just one holiday show this season, Homo should be it!

Each year, the producers stack the show with an all-star cast of burlesque dancers, cabaret acts, drag queens, and vocalists. This year's cast is the best yet. The two-act show is nonstop hilarity from beginning to end. With Homo, you can rest assured that everyone will have a Gay ol' time.

BenDeLaCreme is at her best as the quirky hostess of a holiday party gone, well, Gay. A wingless angel with a Southern accent (LaRue) arrives to help DeLaCreme with her party planning woes in hopes of earning her very own pair of wings. As you could imagine, everything goes wrong but oh-so right as scene after laugh-out-loud scene introduces a new character more ridiculous than the last.

The dance team of The Cherdonna and Lou Show are absolutely magnificent as the reindeer and hip-hop snow shovelers. Hoover and Cherdonna are great at what they do. Using facial expressions and awkward, yet complex, dance moves, they are an absolutely original act - there is no one like them.

Every Gay holiday show needs beefcake, right? Enter Faggedy Randy as the hunky Gingerbread Man who is nearly naked the whole show, does about 200 pushups, and spins a dreidel in the most peculiar of ways.

Acting as a welcome balance to Randy's testosterone cookie character, the beautiful and sultry Fuschia FoXXX took the audience's breath away again and again as the show's sexy burlesque entertainer.

The comedy/cabaret team of Monsoon and Scales as English waifs added to the show's diverse group of performers. Singing songs - incorrectly and with a sick (literally) twist - for food and drink, the duo made good on what Seattle fans already know: Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales are in a class of their own.

Newcomer Jimmy Longwell was cast as a singing polar bear. I've never heard an arctic creature sing so beautifully. Belting 'White Christmas,' Longwell gave the production's best vocal performance and garnered the loudest cheers of the night for a single song.

Ilvs Strauss returned as Jesus. And not just any Jesus - a Gay Jesus who has a thing for apostles. One part cynic and one part stoner, Strauss' Jesus is definitely not a traditionalist's cup of tea. But that is what makes the character and Homo such a hit. This show is a one-of-a-kind production that you won't see anywhere else, and as an audience member, you really feel that you are a part of something good - one big Gay extended family.

There are tons of group numbers (including a Lady Gaga parody), and eventually the angel gets her (Gay) wings. I would love to gush over every eggnog-drunk moment, but wouldn't dare ruin the surprises for anyone who's yet to see Homo.

There is still time for you to catch one of the best shows of the holiday season. Buy your ticket now - seriously, the remaining shows will be sold-out soon. Remaining performances are December 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 (8 p.m.) and December 24 (7 and 10 p.m.). Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com.

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