It began with the wigsmassive, white, Victorian-era, Marie Antoinette wigs. They have been a part of an aesthetic that had been rattling round within the thoughts of Rogue Worx producer Sarah Sperber final 12 months.
On the heels of the corporates long-running hit present from 2022, #MILLENNIAL, with its 90s emphasis and up to date snark, Sperber had in thoughts a wholly totally different appear and feelone thing darker and extra twisted, even Tim Burton-ish. The place to set such a spectacle? Why, a Virginia Metropolis brothel, in fact!
The end result was Hush, at present operating each Friday at Renos The Theatre. This immersive thriller cabaret weaves a story of homicide and mayhem by way of dreamy dance numbers, burlesque, highly effective vocals, lavish costumes, acrobatics and comedy. Although it was initially slated for under three performances in February, tickets started promoting so shortly that the corporate prolonged it by way of March.
Because the story opens, we meet the women of the Home of Hush and their frequent shopper, Denver Slick (performed by Tony Deal); the tangled internet of relationships they hold is revealed. All of the sudden, Denver is shot. Whos the killer, and why?
Our emcee, Fancy, the madame of the Home of Hush (performed by drag artist Aspen Meadows), guides us as we meet every suspect one after the other, in a cabaret-style revue of lip sync, dance, acrobatics and comedy numbers, main us towards our killer. Vignettes are interspersed with sepia-toned movies, shot in a Virginia Metropolis saloon, by which native burlesque performer John Wade narrates the thriller of Denver Slicks homicide.
Fixing the homicide, Id argue, is almost an afterthought. Although the present is billed as an immersive homicide thriller, dont are available anticipating to put on your crime-solving cap. Moderately, this present is all about spectacle, sensuality and flat-out silliness. This PG-13 presents immersive high quality comes from Fancys rapport with the viewers as she hams it up, making attendees a part of the present (although I receivedt spoil it by revealing how).
Although darker and barely extra subversive than Rogue Worxs final present, Hush maintains the corporates trademark class, outlandish humor, beautiful costumes, spectacular choreography and cirque-style performances. Loads of thrills are sprinkled intogether with gravity-defying leaps, sound and lightweight results, and extra.
Sperber kicks off the present with a powerhouse vocal quantity; her music picks for the present shortly get the gang butt-dancing of their seats. Choreography by Sierra Taylor Cline, Meredith Calderas Precit and Dyon Powers showcases athleticism, aerial feats, gymnastics and tumbling. But the type can be fanciful and luxurious, with some whimsy and parts of burlesque conveyed in dance numbers carried out by Sperber, Cline, Precit, Deal and Powers, together with Meghan Cooper, Shannise Mora and Sophia Billharz.
General, its a hilarious evening out thats pure leisure from begin to end.
Rogue Worxs manufacturing of Hush takes place at 8 p.m., Fridays, by way of March 31, at The Theatre, 505 Keystone Ave., in Reno. Ticket are $30 to $75. For tickets or extra data, go to www.rogueworx.internet/hush.