The Kinsey Sicks to bring off-kilter comedy to the Loft Theatre |

The Kinsey Sicks to bring off-kilter comedy to the Loft Theatre

Adam Jensen
The Kinsey Sicks perform three nights at the Loft Theatre this week.
Kurt Perschke / Courtesy |

If you go

What: The Kinsey Sicks

When: Tuesday through Thursday, July 12-14

Where: The Loft Theatre

Tickets: $25 and up


Sometimes it pays to be in a genre of one — just ask Kinsey Sicks founder Ben Schatz.

“We are the world’s best dragapella beauty shop quartet, and we are the worst,” Schatz said, with more than a little snark, of the group’s more than two-decade long career. The group of drag performers combines a cappella singing with satire into a wholly unique night of entertainment.

The Kinsey Sicks bring their latest show, “Chicks with Shticks,” to South Lake Tahoe’s Loft Theatre July 12-14. Attendees can expect an evening of politics, secrets and raunchy comedy.

“Some of it’s naughty. Some of it’s very naughty,” Schatz said.

The group, which takes its name from the Kinsey scale for describing sexual experience and its sick sense of humor, arose from several friends attending a Bette Midler show dressed as 1940s boogie-woogie group the Andrews Sisters. When members all realized they could sing, they began harmonizing and drew a crowd to their first public performance in San Francisco’s Castro District in July 1994.

Schatz, a Harvard-trained civil rights lawyer, performs as Rachel, a mangy activist and motivational speaker, according to the group’s legend. He said members put on those initial shows as “an antidote to responsibility,” but the gag has turned into much more than a lark.

The act has performed off-Broadway in New York City, had an extended run in Las Vegas, released two feature films, made four DVDs and played shows throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe. It just released its ninth album, “Eight is Enough,” in May.

Schatz said he’s thankful to be so well received in a country with “discretionary income and bad taste.”

“It’s a show that might make people laugh, and it might make people think a little, too,” Schatz said

And if attendees don’t like it, they’re always free to boo, he said.

“The most important thing people can expect is no refunds,” Schatz said.

The Kinsey Sicks perform at 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, July 12-14. Tickets start at $25.

The Loft Theatre is located in Heavenly Village near the corner of Bellamy Court and Heavenly Village Way in South Lake Tahoe.

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