Arias With a Twist
After a six-year stint in Cirque du Soleils racy Zumanity in Las Vegas, drag legend Joey Arias makes a triumphant return downtown in the wonderfully bizarre Arias With a Twist. Co-starring a multitude of colorful creatures by director-puppeteer Basil Twist, the show follows Arias (in Bettie Page fetishwear) on a wild journey as he tries to get back to Manhattan after being kidnapped by aliens. Tied down inside a UFO, Arias moans to Led Zeppelins Kashmir as if he were the love child of Robert Plant and Billie Holiday. Im a virgin! he screams at the aliens as they prepare to probe him.
But happily, the probing doesnt stop there, as Arias travelswith the aid of visuals flashing on a scrimto the jungle (where he gets felt up by flowers), the sea (where he sucks off an octopus), and the fiery depths of hell (where he has a ménage à trois with two obscenely well-endowed devils). Along the way, he performs a variety of tunes, including a gritty rendition of Holidays Youve Changed, finally arriving in the city as a hulking giant (think Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman). Famished, he gobbles up a subway car full of people. I love Puerto Ricans! he exclaims. Ah, its great to have him back.
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