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The Kinsey Sicks Come to Sonoma County in “Oy Vey in a Manger” A Benefit for Congregation Ner Shalom

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The Kinsey Sicks Come to Sonoma County in
“Oy Vey in a Manger”
A Benefit for Congregation Ner Shalom

For 21 years, THE KINSEY SICKS, America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet, have decked the halls with angelic singing, devilish wit, and down-to-earth drag. They have toured internationally and starred in their own Off-Broadway show, “Dragapella.” THE KINSEY SICKS have been praised for their “voices sweet as birdsong” (New York Times) and have been called “one act that should not be missed” (Variety). KQED, San Francisco’s NPR affiliate, calls THE KINSEY SICKS “the Royal Shakespeare Company of drag performance.”

THE KINSEY SICKS bring their outrageous holiday musical, OY VEY IN A MANGER, to Sonoma County for one night only as part of their global effort to stamp out holiday cheer. This performance, on December 14 at 7:30 PM, will benefit Congregation Ner Shalom of Cotati.

This performance is also the drag swansong of Ner Shalom’s Spiritual Leader, Reb Irwin Keller. Keller, who co-founded the ensemble in 1993 and originated the character “Winnie” in the group, has loved his combination of careers, but has found the travel (and the shoes) exhausting. “I’m lucky,” said Keller, “I’ve been able to walk this balance between sacred and profane, sublime and ridiculous. And in this next era I look forward to devoting more unfettered attention to my writing, my work in the Jewish community, and my involvement in Sonoma County.”

Ner Shalom has been a staunch supporter of Keller’s unorthodox career path, but looks forward to the change. “We’ll miss Winnie for sure,” said Lorenzo Valensi, Ner Shalom Board member and the synagogue’s

chief musician, “but it will be nice to have our spiritual leader back in the neighborhood full time.”

You can read more about Reb Irwin’http://www.sonomacountygazette.com/cms/pages/reflections-of- retiring-drag-queen.html.

Combining rich, four-part harmony, biting satire and over-the-top drag, THE KINSEY SICKS have performed in 42 states, Mexico, Canada, Europe and Australia. They starred in their own Off-Broadway show at New York’s Studio 54, have released 8 albums and are the subjects of two feature films. Read more about them at  www.kinseysicks.com.

In their holiday show, OY VEY IN A MANGER, we find Rachel, Winnie, Trixie and Trampolina at home in their manger (yes, that manger)

facing imminent foreclosure and preparing for one last-ditch effort to unload the dump on unsuspecting buyers. Crises arise, secrets are revealed, Jewish-Gentile tensions surface like bacon fat in matzahball soup, and mayhem ensues. And all in glorious four-part harmony. The Washington Post says this about OY VEY IN A MANGER:

In an ecumenical display of wicked joie de vivre, the Kinsey Sicks are sending up everything that’s holy in “Oy Vey in a Manger,” a raunchily audacious declaration that nothing about the holidays is sacred… If you haven’t made the acquaintance of the Kinsey Sicks, it’s high time you did.

OY VEY IN A MANGER boasts unforgivable KINSEY SICKS reinterpretations of holiday classics, such as “Lusty the Snowman,” “Satan Baby” and “God Bless Ye Femmy Lesbians.” And what would the holiday season be without a production number in Yiddish?

Tickets are available at  www.shalomevents.org.