Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: The Iraq Pack – Live from Das Vegas (or Dead), reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith.
It is a lonely life being a mass murderer and dictator – so it’s nice that Frank Sanazi has brought some friends with him to the Fringe.
The world’s greatest Sinatra/Hitler impersonator has re-united the Iraq Pack for his genocide-themed cabaret show.
If you are looking for good taste you won’t find it here with Sanazi, Dean Stalin and Saddami Davis Junior.
There is even a rumour that Osama Bing Crosby may be joining them on stage.
It’s a riotous, unremittingly stupid hour, in which the words of classics from the age of swing have been not very subtly doctored to evoke world domination.
There’s less of a burlesque element this year, and Nancy Sanazi is sadly missed.
But the Iraq Pack have some impressive voices and you’ll enjoy hearing the tunes while laughing along with the lyrics.
The great thing about pretending to be dead mass murderers is that you can’t damage their reputation. But I was uneasy about some of Saddam’s lyrics – aimed at Muslims in general, rather than at murderous Muslims.
Still, it is hard to imagine anything more Fringe than watching the world’s greatest despots belting out a drunken song and dance number.
The Voodoo Rooms (Venue 68a) until 29 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 13 August 2015
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