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posted Friday, March 25, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 12
A history lesson with Dina Martina
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A history lesson with Dina Martina

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Dina Martina: LIVE at Re-bar's Place!
Re-bar
Through April 30


Dina Martina has been described as many things: a comic genius, a superstar, a horrifying legend.

After watching Dina's latest show Dina Martina: LIVE at Re-bar's Place! she can now add 'historian' to the many descriptors that embody all that is Dina Martina.

Fresh on the heels of another successful Christmas show in Seattle, the talent-stuffed Dina Martina and ultra-gifted accompanist Chris Jeffries make a semi-awaited return to Re-bar for a spring show that's oozing razzle-dazzle - minus the dazzle! Dina's shows are brimming with unwittingly hilarious songs, point-free stories, astoundingly funny videos, bizarre audience gifts, costumes on their deathbeds, and comedy that you just won't see anywhere else. When Dina Martina comes to town it is an event - a happening. If you've got a need for the bizarre, Dina is your girl & err, um, your drag queen.

There is no shortage of laugh-out-loud videos, as LIVE at Re-bar's Place! follows in the footsteps of previous multimedia shows. There are strange commercials, funny video clips, and lots more that will have you in stitches in seconds. The highlight from the video portion of the show was Dina Martina's interpretation of famous presidential speeches. No president is safe as she messes with JFK, Bill Clinton, and everyone's favorite speech flubber, George W. Bush.

Throughout the show, Dina changes costumes - each one more outrageous than the last - which adds to the insanity of the performances.

I was particularly impressed with Chris Jeffries - who neither talks nor smiles during the duration of the show - as he acts as Dina's one-man-band. From classical compositions to pop-trash, he delivers every time. The contrast between the two entertainers is brilliant.

The most unique part of the show (and this is where the history lesson comes in) is when Dina Martina sings (kind of) a ballad with images of old black and white photos of Seattle landmarks playing on a screen. The whole presentation is very heartfelt and a different direction than Dina normally goes for. Each photo seemed to elicit cheers from the audience or a collective 'awww' as Seattleites reminisced with Dina about days gone by.

As with any Dina Martina show (with the exception of Christmas), there is no 'theme' outside of Dina's wackiness. From pronouncing words in the way that only Dina can to destroying song after song, this is classic Dina: fun, weird, and (for some reason) enduring.

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