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THE DA MINCEY CODE (article first published : 2007-10-5)

It seems that the title of this latest lip-sync show from Cape Town’s right royal queens of drag, Keiron Legacy and Lilly Slaptsilly, plus publicity pictures showing them dressed as nuns, has caused a stir in some circles.

Heritage Theatre manager Gary McKenzie reports that he has had threats of picketing from religious groups. He also received an SMS on opening night from someone upset that The Da Mincey Code was sure to be blasphemous and warning him that he should fear the wrath of God for presenting it.

Certainly there are those who might take offensive at The Da Mincey Code – it is by far the most rude, raunchy and naughty production this talented twosome has presented in Durban. It is, without a doubt, not a show for anyone sensitive or easily offended. And, yes, there are religious mickey-takes, but they’re mostly confined to an opening video montage of the guys, in wigs and maroon satin habits, speaking in Latin, drinking wine and arguing over not revealing “the code” - being a reference to the controversial The Da Vinci Code movie and book.

Thereafter, The Da Mincey Code becomes something of an anything-goes, thematically speaking. And the well-produced video clips go on to devote far more time to a series of “to be continued” scenes showing Legacy and Slaptsilly re-imagining the Alexis-versus-Crystal fight scene from television’s Dynasty.

The video sequences allow the Mince mincers time to change into their parade of wonderful costumes and wigs for their varied lip-syncing routines – and it’s these which steal the thunder and make The Da Mincey Code such a fun night out. Certainly opening night’s appreciative near-capacity audience lapped it all up.

As usual, the hugely popular duo, which has enjoyed several sell-out seasons in Durban, hits highs with its comedy routines.

And the best among these are Slaptsilly’s highly risqué I Love Julie Christie (complete with chiffon gown blowing in the breeze as images of the British movie star fill the video screen); a ditty featuring an all-American gal with a lot of bounce; and a fabulous, spot-on and quite hilarious song nudging and winking at Liza Minnelli.

There are also outrageously bawdy songs about sex - one of them set to the tune of A Spoonful of Sugar – as well as one, very funny indeed, about a middle-aged woman going through a change of life. Legacy, as usual, handles the more sensual, sexy songs, miming to the likes of Last Dance, Respect, Pray and a version of True Colours that makes for an unexpectedly poignant moment.

The Da Mincey Code is satire with stilettos, fun with falsies, a show that pushes the envelope for this outrageous team. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but certainly seems a happy tipple for many as the season, which ends on Saturday, is virtually sold out. More information or bookings on 031 765 4197 – Billy Suter




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