LIVING ON THE EDGE

What happened in Vegas didn’t stay there

Though he’s torn up downtown drag stages since the ’80s, Joey Arias’s more tangible claim to fame is his recent six-year run in the relatively tame Zumanity, Cirque du Soleil’s attempt at sexing up their high- flying,body-contorting Vegas presence. Arias basically played himself, a gender-bending MC who slyly coaxed Midwestern retirees to lose their shit during the penultimate orgy scene. It was edgy for Vegas, but nothing you wouldn’t have already seen in a New York club. Now he’s back home with a new show titled Arias With a Twist—in which the “twist” is none other than the prolific puppeteer and director Basil Twist, who’s sure to add plenty of his own magic to the drag high-artistry that Arias is truly capable of.
June 12-July 13, 9 p.m., 2008

 
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