Checking Out: The Vaudevillians at Seattle Repertory Theatre

Jinkx Monsoon's latest show runs through Nov. 2.

The Seattle Repertory Theatre is starting their 2014/2015 season on a high note (sometimes a really high note) with "The Vaudevillians," a caberet-style drag show starring Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales. The show received rave reviews during the New York City off-Broadway run—it was extended five times—and it's easy to see why. I have rarely laughed this much during any performance, and I wasn't the only one. Jinkx Monsoon as Kitty Witless and Major Scales as Doctor Dan Von Dandy keep the humor flying for the full 90-minute performance (it includes one intermission).

As the story goes, Ms. Witless and Dr. Von Dandy were accidentally frozen for nearly a century during their 1920s tour of Antarctica. Upon thawing, they learn that many of their vaudeville hits have been coopted through the years, and they're now ready to set the record straight. There is a variety of hit songs throughout the show, all sung cabaret-style. You'll hear famous songs from Janis Joplin, Madonna, Britney Spears and my personal favorite from the show, 4 Non Blondes, plus a few more.

Jerick Hoffer—Jinkx Monsoon—is best known for winning season five of Ru Paul's Drag Race. Major Scales is known off the stage as Richard Andriessen. 

Seattle Repertory Theatre sits on the Seattle Center campus, making it a great spot for visitors to see a show. There are two theaters within Seattle Rep, and this show is on the smaller of them. The theater is relatively spacious; unlike other theaters, I didn't feel like I was crammed in an airplane seat. There isn't a bad seat—even balcony seating offers a fantastic view. If you choose to sit in the front for this show, beware: You may find yourself a part of the act. Come early for the nearby Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar or head to Triumph Bar for a drink and some small plates (I love the "Know It All" cocktail and the olives). 

"The Vaudevillians" runs through Nov. 2, and on Friday, Oct. 24, there will be a special "Jinkx on the Rocks" late-night performance starting at 9 pm. Tickets for this performance only include a pre-show food truck, a signature cocktail during intermission and a post-show bar reception with the starts of the show. Please note that this is an adult show with strong sexual content and profanity. For more information or tickets, visit the website.


Checking Out chronicles Seattle editor Stacy Booth's adventures playing tourist in her own city and beyond.