The Soho Theatre, Dean St
Have you ever wondered what it would be like your favorite girl group from a bygone era got back together for a one night only reunion? Well, I now know; it is fabulous. Denim is a fun show. Each of the queens brings something of their off time to the stage, painting a funny and sometimes painfully awkward picture of what happens to girl groups when they fall apart. But for one night they came together, singing a familiar catalogue of songs, slightly altered to be made sexy, filthy, or comment on what had become of these beauties standing before us.
The show was delivered cabaret style, with interludes of stand-up, most of which was pretty solid. One queen; however, made a few off color ISIS jokes which fell pretty flat. She was making a commentary about her race and ethnic origins. Don’t get me wrong, I am all about being made uncomfortable as a white person. Help me to confront my own privilege. But the casual nature of the ISIS references were pretty tasteless, and felt like too much when ironically being conflated with race. Otherwise, the comedy was fairly solid.
The glamour of these reunited angels really is wonderful to witness, even if their lives apart from each other are varied, for one having a group of devoted followers that is more than a little like a cult, or old hits from two members who joined forces. What really did it for me though was at the very end, a rendition of Shakira’s “Underneath Your Clothes”, in a gorgeous falsetto. I was actually moved. This show has a little bit of everything. If you can get through the uncomfortable bits, it will certainly pay off.
Denim are performing at The Soho Theatre until the 1st Dec 2018. Book Now.
©Sasha Kane 2018