Kinsey Sicks back with tuneful sass and sleaze

When it comes to impropriety, there’s nothing quite like the Kinsey Sicks.

Self-proclaimed “America’s favorite dragapella beauty shop quartet,” the group, born in The City, is celebrating its sweet 16 and seventh album with a series of gigs at the Rrazz Room, marking the first time the “girls” have hit the Union Square theater district, according to Winnie (Irwin Keller), the bass who controls the pitch pipe.

She’s joined by immigrant Trixie (Jeff Manabat), hairy Rachel (Ben Schatz) and dumb Trampolina (Spencer Brown) in an evening filled with NC-17 banter and musical takeoffs on popular songs, all executed in delicious four-part harmony.

Decked out in fantastic wigs, loud frocks, white gloves and high heels, the singers perform a good number of tunes from their new recording (“Each Hit & I” — don’t say it too quickly), most with lyrics too blue to describe in detail in a family newspaper.

The show starts off with the rousing “All Boy Singer Ladies” (Beyonce’s “Single Ladies,” complete with the famed choreography), and quickly devolves, followed by “Tranny Boy,” (“Danny Boy”), “Gonorrhea,” (ABBA’s “Mamma Mia”), “Fertilizer” (Britney Spears’ “Womanizer”), “I Kissed a Gull” (Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl”) and “My Hair” (“Mein Herr” from “Cabaret,” again with famous dance moves).

Among the slightly cleaner numbers are “Decaf” (Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab”) and “Obama Self” (Eric Carmen’s “All By Myself”).

The original tune “Things You Shouldn’t Say” is peppered by outlandish phrases appropriate to the title; members of the audience (made uncomfortable on a couple of occasions) asked to contribute their own ideas weren’t able to come near the Kinseys’ level of bad taste.

The beauty of the show’s locker room themes — no vulgarity is spared — is that they’re complemented by terrific arrangements and impeccable musicianship.

It’s not often that “raunchy” and “a cappella” describe the same thing; that combination is a testament to the enduring phenomenon that is Kinsey Sicks.


Theater Review
Kinsey Sicks
Where: Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., San Francisco
When: 8 p.m. Saturday and Tuesday-Friday; 7 p.m. Sunday and July 18; 7 and 9:30 p.m. July 17
Tickets: $35 to $40
Contact: (866) 468-3399, (415) 394-1189;

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