Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Review: Sharon Needles' Spooky Show

By Michael Block 

She's creepy and she's kooky and she's the Queen of House Haunt. To celebrate everyone's favorite October holiday, Sharon Needles returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre for The Sharon Needles Halloween Special.
With her spooky music along with holiday favorites, The Sharon Needles Halloween Special honors the dark and scary through song and story. What works about this show is the consistency in spontaneity. Sharon Needles is able to infuse a spur of the moment jokes into her perfect brand of off-color humor. Between the hot off the presses "grab her by the pussy" quote from Donald Trump to Alaska's temper tantrum and bribery on the recent episode of "RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars 2", Sharon Needles incorporated it flawlessly. Many of the stories she shared were inspired by Halloween, scary movies, or the treats of the holiday. But she killed when she read other Drag Race Queens. That's what the audience was truly waiting for. And they were few and far between. Though the brilliant milking she performed in "Sweet Transvestite" brought the house down. She may have set the record for longest pause between "antici-" and "pation." This show would not be complete without costume changes and Sharon delivered three haunting looks. Sharon Needles' has a wonderful rapport with her crowd, making them feel comfortable in the discomfort, something only she can pull off.
The Sharon Needles Halloween Special is a creepy and kooky comedy that is a thematic success. Even the man on the keys gets his face beat with a skeleton. If you weren't ready for a haunted Halloween, you are now!