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Varietae in Space


Varietae in Space

At least once a month, you can find that dude Vice V'Ersatile turning tricks over at the Midway Cafe. JP's answer Phil Donahue and Sammy Davis Jr, the Viceman brings what people on the Jersey boardwalk call "CLASS" to the variety-show format, which is why the V'ersatile-hosted talent showcase at the Midway is called "Varietae." And now these weirdos, who are already responsible for the dinner-theatre-musical classic Jesus/Vice/Superstar (click for youtubage) -- are back with Varietae in Space, another DIY evocation of Vegas-in-the-'70s song-and-dance numbers, cheesy softcore T&A, sub-Flash Gordon rock-opera pretension, and other amusing displays of godwaful taste. There's a plot in which Vice leads the crew of a ship called the Space Phallus in a face-off against an intergalactic terrorist -- "and," adds a press release, "there's a hungry space ofirice out there devouring everything!" The backing band includes members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and they're promising "rock rap and disco all intertwined into operatic and classically derived themes," delivered by "a band, a DJ, singers, dancers, sets, costumes." In short, the full enchilada. Tonight the Varietae cast descends on Inman Square for a performance of Varietae In Space at PA's Lounge.

DOWNLOAD: Varietae, "Opus" (mp3)

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