The theatre at the Luxor darkens, the music begins, from the ceiling
Dame Edna (AKA Barry Humphries) is lowered sitting on-top of a giant
pair of Dame Edna's signature glasses, which would make Elton John
proud, and immediately went into a musical number singing a song to let the audience know
“That there will be a little dance, a little song, but most of what
I say is made up as I go along.”
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Barker at the Grand Piano and surrounded by four young ladies called,
“The Gorgeous Ednaettes,” which they certainly were, made for a great
mix. Dame Edna is dressed in one of her well-known flamboyant dresses
and in mid-show literally strips the dress down to find another
outrageous dress underneath.
During the show she proceeded to “pick on” several different people
in the audience, but it’s a sort of toned-downed version of the “Don Rickles-style” comedy. She put down their clothes, homes and work
as she conversed with them, but even the “picked on” were in
stitches. It’s truly one laugh after another.
She said, “I’m a little nervous here in my Las
Vegas debut, more than I was in my opening on Broadway in front of a
nicely dressed audience,” but she then added, “I mean that in the nicest
way.” Unfortunately, she is SO RIGHT! I really miss the days when Las
Vegas was a real “Disneyland for Adults” and “The Boys” ran the city.
Couples really knew how to dress in those days, coming to shows dressed
in evening gowns and suits or tuxes, instead of t-shirts, jeans and
sweats, which is what they wear today. Those really were the days that
made Vegas, Vegas! (OK
I’ll shut up and get back to Dame Edna).
After “picking on” these five or six people most of the evening, she
then has her Ednaettes escort them on stage, where they are sent backstage and then reappear shortly, costumed with scripts in hand. Then
along with Dame Edna they proceed to act out a play about (who else)
Dame Edna. Now THAT’S getting your audience involved!
Later in the show Dame Edna sang a song “It’s all about you” and as it
turns out as previously stated, it really is! Her brilliant wit kept the
laughs coming continuously. The show is spontaneous, basically
unscripted and totally “off the cuff.” Even my 12-year-old grandson was
laughing non-stop and really did understand most of Dame Edna’s humor.
By the way, you can read his review in a new section on VCO called the
“Kids Korner.” See here: A Kids Point Of View -
She ended the evening with a song called, “Wave your Glad.” Where Dame
Edna and her Ednaettes throw out four or five dozen Gladiolas to the
audience, and instructed the audience members that caught them to “wave
their Glad” when that part of the song was sung.
On a different note, the Luxor’s theatre was pure class, including the
seats which were quite comfortable, and truly added to the experience
of the show.
All in all, the Dame Edna show “A Dame in the Desert” was OUTSTANDING!
When Dame Edna comes back to Vegas (which I’m sure she will), by all
means, do yourself a favor and SEE HER!
The show is a “SCREAM!”