My darling baby sister took a group of us out Saturday night for a wild comedic and musical experience. If you live or travel in the Cincinnati area, I highly recommend you check out Shadowbox Cabaret in Newport, KY (there's one in Columbus, too; I have yet to attend). It is a sketch comedy and rock and roll club in a cabaret-like setting. The actors and musicians also work as waitstaff, sales, kitchen help, and greeting, giving guests a chance to interact with the performers all night.
The show we attended was Holiday Hoopla (running until 1/17). Holiday-themed sketch comedies were interspersed with holiday music played by their amazing band, with some incredible vocal talent. Musical highlights included a jazzy version of Silent Night, a very sexy Merry Christmas Baby (these women can sing, seriously), and the very powerful Christmas in Sarajevo (an instrumental by TransSiberian Orchestra, and these guys nailed it - I was breathless by the end.) I laughed uproariously through most of the sketches, but my favorites included a play on "It's a Wonderful Life" (includes guy stripped down to underwear, definitely worth the price of a ticket), a sketch involving a gangsta-style Santa ("don't #$%! with Santa"), and "Santa Babies" - three female lounge-style singers, doing various holiday songs (my favorite was definitely "Low Rider")...they were so freaking funny, I was crossing my legs to keep from peeing my pants. Seriously. I had to bolt for the bathroom as soon as the show was over.
The food was ok, nothing to write home about (although the brownie sundae was pretty fab), but you don't go for the food. Go for the amazing music, go to pee your pants laughing, go to ogle the very cute guitarist, who I intend to take home with me sooner or later...watch yourself, boy, I will be back...or the seriously gorgeous women, for my male readers. These female performers were pretty lovely - and looking at their arms made me want to go work out right then. They were totally cut.
So - to sum up. Shadowbox Theater. Go see it. Totally hilarious, very talented group of people...bring your friends, family, whatever (I wouldn't bring the little kids, though.) Check them out at www.shadowboxcabaret.com. You do not want to miss this.