Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: The Kinsey Sicks: America’s Next Top Bachelor Housewife Celebrity Hoarder Makeover Star Gone Wild!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters
When it comes to “dragapella”, American quartet the Kinsey Sicks have pretty much got the market sewn up. After decades in the biz, their harmonies are tight, their choreography is down pat, their 50s-style outfits are spot on and their characters are well-defined: school-marmish Winnie, ditzy Trampolina, ambitious Trixie and down-and-dirty Rachel. This show sees the girls participating in a skimpily-defined reality TV series that provides the supposed storyline on which their musical numbers are hung.
The emphasis is on pun-heavy pastiches of famous ditties, such as Mamma Mia reworked as Gonorrhea. (Get it? Let’s hope you don’t!) The songs are delivered with panache and the group dynamic is energetic, involving and well honed.
But the content is patchy: numerous niche references to US pop culture don’t survive the journey and there’s some tired stuff about, for instance, how gross women’s pubic hair is.
On occasion, the banter crosses the line between bitchy and grating. And there’s no obvious fit between the sitcom-style character-based narrative sections, which revel in venality, and the group’s best songs, which cast a savvy eye on subjects like consumerism and the arms trade.
Very harmonious singing, then, but a less harmonious show.
Gilded Balloon, until 31 August, 11pm
Published in The Scotsman on 24 August 2015
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