Drag sensations BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon are an iconic duo with reputations which have surpassed their RuPaul’s Drag Race seasons. Jinkx and Dela are known for their holiday shows and the latest rendition is an absolute success!

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Jinkx and Dela poke immediate fun at all the different Christmas parodies and storylines they’ve already used in previous shows. This time, things are going to be different, Jinkx and Dela are taking a break. But, their ‘show’ has other ideas. Trapped inside their own show, Jinkx and Dela treat the audience to many escape attempts in the form of (many) finale songs and sparkly numbers.

This show is an absolute romp as I hoped it would be. Completely stupid in places, and completely endearing in others, this show does exactly what it promises, spreading joy and creating an escape from the complicated times we live in.

The first half of the show is fun with a lot of delightful throwbacks and gimmicks. With wonderful costumes by Dallas Coulter, Mr. Gorgeous, and Paris Original keep the audience guessing. The undeniable chemistry between Jinkx and Dela is augmented by dancers Mr. Babygirl, Ruby Mimosa, Scott Spraags, Jim Kent, Chloe Albin, and Jace Gonzalez. Starting in tight snowman outfits complete with rictus grins, the dancers transform into many characters and showcase many dance styles, always with a tongue-in-cheek undertone.

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In the second half, according to Jinkx and Dela, the ‘show’ is building its power and the increased professionalism of the numbers reflects this. Opening with a truly magnificent Christmas parody of ‘Hey Big Spender’, closely followed by a spooky, sexy ‘Santa Baby’, the latter part of the show is undeniably superior.

It is wonderful to hear Jinkx’s incredible vocal live and Dela’s direction/production shines through in a really well-rounded show. Even the small slip-ups during the show add to its endearing quality. When Jinkx got a particularly tricky lyric wrong, not only was her reaction ridiculously comical but she made sure to call back to it in a later scene.

Jinkx and Dela have done it again with a hilariously self-aware show that is witty, ridiculous, and joyful.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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