CityStage announces January shows

Date: 1/21/2010

Jan. 18, 2010.

SPRINGFIELD -- Tickets are available at the CityStage Box Office at 1 Columbus Center, by phone at 788-7033, or online at Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The Kinsey Sicks will perform at CityStage Springfield Jan. 21 through 23.

For nearly 15 years, the Kinsey Sicks, America's favorite dragapella beautyshop quartet, have served up a feast of music and comedy to audiences across the United States and internationally. Combining award-winning a cappella singing, sharp satire and over-the-top drag, they have drawn the attention and devotion of unexpectedly diverse audiences.

The Kinsey Sicks began in 1993 as a group of friends who went to a Bette Midler concert in San Francisco dressed as the Andrews Sisters. Assuming they'd be among many drag queens, they found themselves to be the only ones (other than Bette, of course). They were approached that night to perform at an upcoming event. Their reply -- "we don't sing" -- was quickly disproved when they realized that all of them had musical backgrounds. They began singing and harmonizing that night, and the seed for the Kinsey Sicks was planted.

The Kinsey Sicks' founders were a group of refugees from successful careers as professionals and activists. Original member Ben Schatz ("Rachel") is a Harvard-trained civil rights lawyer, former director of the national Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and one-time presidential advisor on HIV issues. Irwin Keller ("Winnie") is a University of Chicago-trained lawyer and linguist and former director of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel of the San Francisco Bay Area. Keller authored Chicago's gay rights ordinance, passed into law in 1989.

In 2004, the Kinsey Sicks were joined by actor/singer/designer Jeff Manabat, who is responsible for Trixie's inordinate glamour and soaring counter-tenor, as well as the entire group's hot couture. The hilarious and talented Spencer Brown joined the group in 2008 as "Trampolina," a Kansas City-based actor and singer, already known for his drag character Daisy Bucket (pronounced, of course, "bouquet").

Mike Dugan's "Men Fake Foreplay" will be at CityStage Jan. 26 through 31.

"Men Fake Foreplay" is a hilariously funny yet pointed commentary on relationships and the battle of the sexes, written and performed by Emmy Award winning writer and "Tonight Show" comedian Mike Dugan.

It's a simple look at "foreplay" that quickly shifts into a humorous and insightful tour of the male psyche as Dugan considers the influences that shape a man's character. He takes unflinching aim at men's experiences with street-corner sex education, role models, masculinity, shock jocks, cheating, trust, responsibility, intimacy, commitment and, of course, their relationships with women. The result is a hilarious and insightful journey through the trials (and errors!) encountered on the road to becoming a man in a "boys will be boys" world.

Dugan grew up in Ramsey, N.J., and began performing stand up comedy at New York's famed "Catch a Rising Star" comedy club in 1985. In early 1987 he set out for San Francisco's famed "Holy City Zoo" comedy club to experience what was then the "hands down best comedy scene in the country," and by the end of 1988 he had won the prestigious San Francisco International Stand-up Comedy Competition, capping off the month-long event with two shows for six thousand comedy fans at Davies Symphony Hall.

A move to Los Angeles quickly led to a shot on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson." Carson raved, and that debut was followed by over 70 television appearances, including one more spot on "Johnny" before his retirement and another appearance with Jay Leno -- making Dugan one of only a handful of comics to have appeared on "The Tonight Show" with both Johnny and Jay.

Dugan spent two years touring throughout Europe and the UK while developing "Men Fake Foreplay," and has performed "Men Fake Foreplay" in London, Paris, Amsterdam, and the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.

Long recognized by his peers for his writing talents, Dugan has written on television series, pilots or specials for a long list of comedians, including Dennis Miller, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Tom Arnold, Rich Hall, Paul Rodriguez, Stephanie Miller and even George Hamilton. In 1994 Dugan received an Emmy Award for Best Comedy Writing for his work on the first season of "Dennis Miller: Live" on HBO.