America's Favorite Dragapella® Beautyshop Quartet

US and UK Raves for The Kinsey Sicks and "Things You Shouldn't Say"

Aug 6, 2017

Here's what the critics have to say:

— USA —

"Hilarious ... it's a piercing cry from the heart"  

~ Washington Post

"One of the most provocative evenings of political I've seen"
 
~ DC Theatre Scene

"Deeper, more complex and yet riotously funny ... This show is an expert mixture of over-the-top camp and compelling moments. There are some things you shouldn't say but you shouldn't miss The Kinsey Sicks”
~ Cabaret Scene Magazine (NY)

"These gals can sing — Celine Dion watch your back"
 
~ DC Metro Arts

"The Kinsey Sicks wowed with their emotional appeal"
 
~ Moment Magazine

— UK — 

Named one of the Top 10 "shows you won't want to miss" at the Edinburgh Festival (out of thousands of shows) 
~ The Scotsman (Scotland's leading national paper)

"The most subversive show of all is Things You Shouldn't Say by The Kinsey Sicks" 
~ The Times (UK)

"You'll love The Kinsey Sicks ... as sharp as Bette Davis' tongue"
 
~ The Herald Scotland

"Stunning ... it brings the audience to its feet"
 
~ The Scotsman

"Hilarious and mesmerising ... An absolute must watch" 

~ Edinburgh Fest Magazine

"A vitally significant piece of work" 

~ Ed Fringe Review

"The show is a blast ... thought-provoking ... engaging on every level." 
~ Fest Magazine

Kinsey Sicks Celebrate Edinburgh Fringe 70th Anniversary on Scottish National TV!

Aug 6, 2017

Filmed on Scottish National TV for the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Fringe —  a unique Kinsey Sicks tribute to Bette Midler, honoring their founding as “America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet" at her concert 24 years ago. From The Kinseys' show, “Things You Shouldn’t Say".

Rachel's Guest Column on the Ethics of Comedy!

Aug 5, 2017

Ben Schatz, AKA Rachel, writes an important article in The Skinny, Scotland premier monthly publication on the arts and culture, for their Comedians on Ethics column to discuss morally responsible comedy: 

"Making people laugh doesn’t get you off the hook. Smart comics think about what we say. If we want to offend people — and I offend people on an hourly basis — we owe it to ourselves and our audience to decide whom we want to offend and why."

The Kinseys Help Launch 70th Anniversary of the Edinburgh Fringe!

Aug 2, 2017

The Kinseys kick off the Platinum Year of the world's largest arts festival at the legendary Gilded Balloon's launch event with a poignant number, Jerry's SongWatch the event here (appearance begins at 13:30)! 

Kinseys Return to Edinburgh!

Jul 31, 2017

America's Favourite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet bring Things You Shouldn't Say to the
Edinburgh Fringe with a limited 2-week run at the Museum at the legendary Gilded Balloon! Only 11 shows, Aug 2-13, so get those tickets now

What the Washington DC Critics are Saying About "Things You Shouldn't Say"

Jul 25, 2017

"I was unexpectedly impressed by the work’s artistic accomplishment. It’s not an easy thing to so deftly take its willing audience through the hair-pin tone changes that we experience. The show began as light, if pointed, satire, but, before it ends, it has asked us to think, it has challenged us to engage, and it has taken us from parody to powerful feeling, without becoming mawkish ... All four voices are terrific, and quite distinct, making it all the more impressive when they blend so nicely ... laugh-out-loud funny ... Rachel swiftly and expertly milked enough comic mileage that I was put in mind of the great ad-lib artist Dame Edna ... the show became hear-a-pin-drop quiet, except for the gasps of recognition, of remembrance, of acknowledgment ... I was hooked ... one of the most provocative evenings of political theatre I’ve seen." 
- DC Theatre Scene

"Outrageousness tinged with outrage ... witty ... hilarious ... a band of such inventively diabolical brains ... gets sardonically darker — and rewardingly so ... It’s a piercing cry from the heart."
- Washington Post 

"A deliciously R-rated romp... in parody tributes that elicit chuckles and guffaws for their boldly blunt lyrics… The quartet isn’t beloved merely for its subversive beauty-and-the-beast looks. These gals can sing – lovely four-part harmonies and Broadway-style belts ranging from soprano to bass... The Kinsey Sicks, particularly its chief writer Ben Schatz, are masters of song parody and that’s what drives their shows... These drag queens have serious voices. Celine Dion, watch your back."
- DC Metro Theater Arts

"The Kinsey Sicks, a dynamite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet, explode on stage in their new politically charged show Things You Shouldn’t Say ... an outrageous yet heartfelt performance … Things You Shouldn’t Say combines comedy and tragedy, farce and intimacy … heartbreaking ... For all its romp and rancor, the Kinsey Sicks wowed with their emotional appeal."
- Moment Magazine

Get tickets for Things You Shouldn't Say at Theater J in Washington DC, now thru July 30 HERE.

DC Interview with Founding Member

Jul 21, 2017

Here's a dazzling interview with founding member, Ben Schatz aka Rachel, in Metro WeeklyThings You Shouldn't Say runs through July 30th at Theater J in our nation's capital!

World Fringe Day!

Jul 11, 2017

The Edinburgh Reporter profiles the girls and Things You Shouldn't Say at The Edinburgh Fringe for World Fringe Day! Check out the article here.

Kinseys in SF, Seattle, South Lake Tahoe, Pleasanton, CA

Jun 14, 2017

West Coast Tour Kicks Off in Palm Springs and San Diego

May 19, 2017

The Kinsey Sicks are arguably proud to launch our West Coast premiere of Things You Shouldn’t Say, our most deliciously provocative show ever! If you love Donald Trump you’ll hate this show, so flock to (or away from) Palm Springs and San Diego the first week of June to see the first Kinsey Sicks show ever that no critic has completely detested! Details are on our calendar page.

Later in June, America’s Favorite Dragapella® Beautyshop Quartet will inflict ourselves upon the hapless residents of San Francisco, Seattle, Sacramento, and South Lake Tahoe (or “SLuT”, as we like to call it). The Kinsey Sicks will also be performing in Pleasanton, CA, thereby ensuring that Palm Springs is not the only city we’ll perform in whose name starts with P instead of S.