The Evil Dead at the Onyx Theatre. Onyx Theatre Not too many people will visit an erstwhile shopping centre famous for its sex clubs just to take in a local stage production. Well, they're missing out. The Onyx Theatre is one of the few joints in Las Vegas that regularly showcases professional fringe theatre — all in a cozy seat venue behind a gay-leaning fetish store; there's a separate entrance for the sheepish.
Whether it's a live-action version of cult horror film the Evil Dead , drag-queen-cast parodies such as The Silence of the Clams, imported productions, original plays or improvisational comedy, the alternative offerings at Onyx regularly make an impression. Performance times and ticket prices vary according to show Zumanity Theatre Zumanity, Cirque du Soleil. Zumanity, Cirque du Soleil's adult offering, is a notable exception. A blend of cabaret acts, burlesque exhibitionism, bawdy audience participation skits and Cirque-style acrobatics, Zumanity is the lone production inside the custom-made Zumanity Theatre.
The design of the theatre allows unsuspecting patrons to almost encircle the nearly naked performers. Perhaps it's the spinning rollerskate couple breaking the speed limit on a platform the size of a breakfast table. Or perhaps it's the layout of the throwback-style tent, guests sitting in the round — close enough to be the target of the Gazillionaire's insults or, conversely, his affection.
Crazy Horse Paris is a tasteful update of the traditional Las Vegas topless show. It's also on loan from France; even its theatre is a knockoff of the Parisian one. Guests sit at long, narrow tables in front of a low-ceilinged stage that complements the intimacy of the theatre.
On stage, beautiful and professionally trained dancers move in tandem with light projections that simultaneously accentuate and shadow parts of their bodies. It's as much about what's being suggested as what's being flashed, making sexiness elegant — and mysterious — once again. Performances Wed-Sun 8pm and By night, it's a gay nightclub called Krave. But get there a few hours earlier, and you'll find seats on that large dancefloor.
Though shows have come and gone at the Harmon Theater over the years, it has one steady headliner that gets the queues rivalling those of Krave: And speaking of unpredictable, the adjacent lounge also hosts a hypnosis show. Performance times and ticket prices vary according to show Theatre 7 Theatre 7, Las Vegas.
Comfort isn't typically a concern of alternative culture and at the upstart Theatre 7 amenities are scant: However, its spartan digs are as do-it-yourself as its diverse, cutting-edge calendar, typically rounded out by premieres of features by local filmmakers, niche movie festivals, live theatre and related events. If there was ever a home for gritty, kitschy entertainment in modern day Vegas, it's Theatre 7. Performance times and ticket prices vary according to show Sci-Fi Screening Room Not one to watch with your mother.
The Sci-Fi Center, a one-stop shop for cult film and television contraband. You're not going to find reclining theatre chairs or state-of-the-art projection systems but it's beloved by geeks who enjoy horror, sci-fi and B-movie fare. Fans of Doctor Who can catch episodes at the Screening Room at least twice a month. And nowhere else in town would dare show gross-out flick The Human Centipede — or its sequel, the demand for which necessitated multiple screenings throughout the Halloween weekend.
Performance times and ticket prices vary according to show The Improv at Harrah's Photograph: The city's oldest comedy club, the Improv, opens every day but Monday, and the programme is consistent even when the level of hilarity isn't: It's all done in front of the iconic brick wall made famous by the pioneering New York and Los Angeles improv clubs, with the same minimal interior lighting that can release the heckler in all of us.
At first look, the marquee roster at V Theater looks like the Island of Misfit Shows but through bargain pricing and a something-for-everyone booking policy, the eight-year-old theatre has managed to establish a niche for itself among the multimillion-dollar mainstream productions with which it competes.
From the kid-friendly Popovich's Comedy Pet Theatre — rope-skipping dogs! Bill Hughes Of all the new amenities included in the recent renovation of the enduring Plaza hotel-casino downtown, only one raised eyebrows: Insurgo Theater, the smaller of the two performance spaces inside the property, and the second incarnation for gonzo local troupe Insurgo Theater Movement.