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posted Friday, July 16, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 29
Terminally Delightful fun, offensive, and outrageous
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Terminally Delightful fun, offensive, and outrageous

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Terminally Delightful: Live in 3D!
July 16 and 23
Jewel Box Theater


BenDeLaCreme has been entertaining Seattle audiences for nearly 10 years. Chances are if you've been to a Seattle burlesque, drag, or cabaret production, you've seen BenDeLaCreme. In the past, the star made a name for herself as the essential guest performer. I've seen DeLa steal the show time and time again as hostess, singer, dancer, and comedian. Now, it is time for BenDeLaCreme's day in the sun - beginning July 9, DeLa is starring in her very first full-length solo show, Terminally Delightful: Live in 3D!

When Seattle Gay News received the invite for opening night at the Jewel Box Theater (The Rendezvous, 2322 2nd Ave.) in Belltown, I must admit that I began anticipating the show from the minute I heard about it. I invited along local drag artist Gaysha Starr for the thrill ride. We sat in the front row ready to be wowed by everything DeLa gave us - and she delivered with perfection. Seattle, you simply must go to this show.

Dressed in a blue sequined dress all night (she adds, or in some cases subtracts, different variations of the same costume - it's genius!), DeLa reveals the story behind the starlet, peeling back the outer layers of makeup and artifice to reveal the makeup and artifice within. Believe me when I say this is no mere drag show. DeLa has cooked up a comedy casserole that includes a storyline told through song, video, and her own brand of physical comedy.

The story goes as follows: Like most of us, BenDeLaCreme has a dream. Finally, she has been given a stage to do with as she'd like. As she begins to perform, she is interrupted by video-projection phone calls (a cell phone application she claims to have downloaded by accident) by family members (all played by DeLa) who are laugh-out-loud funny, rude, and recognizable. The family members do their best to embarrass DeLa and unravel the performer she's trying to be. I don't dare tell you any other juicy details for fear of letting the cat out of the bag - suffice to say that this all plays out in a way that only DeLa can deliver; it's fun, offensive, and outrageous.

BenDeLaCreme is stunning in her makeup and costumes, but what took my breath away (literally; I couldn't stop laughing) was her timing. A majority of the show is made up of prerecorded video and audio tracks which she has to respond to with perfect symmetry in order for it to work. DeLa is a comedian of the highest caliber, that much is certain - she meets every cue, nuance, and punch line with perfection.

For Gaysha Starr and me, the highlight of the show was an Eminem parody in which BenDeLaCreme becomes Cremenem (complete with airbrushed and glitter-dazzled gangsta hoody) to rap about makeup and becoming a star. Now, I've seen DeLa dance, I've heard DeLa sing - hell, we've all seen DeLa strip - but who knew she could rap?

BenDeLaCreme's Terminally Delightful: Live in 3D! is scheduled for July 16 at 8 p.m. and July 23 at 11 p.m. in the Jewel Box Theater. This is a 21 and older event and table service is available inside the theater. Tickets are a steal at $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Reserve your seat now at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/114192.

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