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"The Rack of Khan: A Star Trek Burlesque" is uneven at Gorilla Tango

Spock, Kirk, Khan & Data
Spock, Kirk, Khan & Data
Gorilla Tango Theater

"The Rack of Khan: A Star Trek Burlesque" at Gorilla Tango

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I have seen many of the parody shows at Gorilla Tango Theatre. When "The Rack of Khan: A Star Trek Burlesque" opened last Friday, I was in the sold out audience. I felt like I had seen the show before and I had. There was a similar Gorilla Tango production of "Boobs of Kahn" in 2011.

The show parodies Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn. The crew of the Enterprise are all played by women (see complete cast list below.) They are gender transformed by Kahn, well played by Misty Orchid with a Tina Turner like elan. Kirk, Spock, Checkov, Scotty and the entire crew find their man parts replaced with what Checkov calls "fajinas." They travel to the future from Star Date: 867-5309 to find a solution for their gender reassignments. They eventually chase down Kahn, defeat him and recover the genesis device, a bedazzled dildo, which was what changed them in the first place.

It's a burlesque show as well as a comedic drama, so you'll be laughing and seeing lots of skin! There's one hilarious scene where a red shirt ensign is in the teleportation room.

Checkov says, "Prepare to beam down."

"I AM NOT BEAMING DOWN!" answers the red shirt, played by Royal T.

She goes on to list and explain what has happened to every other red shirt character that has, of course, died in the vintage TV Star Trek series. She was very funny and also a good physical comedian.

A Myth Ist, that's her burlesque name, was great as Spock, she had a purple mohawk, a deadpan delivery and some of the funniest lines in the show. Sherri Blossom as Kirk had the swagger and confidence of Captain James T, Kirk, but her "Kirk speak" was very inconsistent. Shatner's Kirk, as you know, has a very distinctive, slowish, stilted, and almost syncopated rhythm. Blossom was at times very Kirk like and at times only plainly conversational. If she had done one or the other, it would have been better.

Cyn Cat played a shiny, sexy, android with long golden eye lashes that announces that she's fully functional. Evelyn Tension was in the future scenes as Next Generations' Worf, doing a holo-deck combat dance with Klingon sneers that was great.

The show, though inconsistent, was enjoyable. When Kirk strips down to a g-string with Star Trek communicator emblem pasties, or when the incredibly hot Data does a song and dance routine and ends up practically naked, you can't help but be entertained.

Tickets are $35 and the show runs Fridays at 9 p.m. though June 27 at Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL.

Cast and Crew:

  • "Kirk" - Sherri Blossom
  • "Khan" - Misty Orkyd
  • "Spock" - A Myth Ist
  • "Chekhov" & "LoCuteUs" - Jean Wildest
  • "Scotty" & "Borg" - Greta Von Tapp
  • "Red Shirt" & "Borg" - Royal T
  • "Data" - Cyn Cat
  • "Worf" - Evelyn Tensions
  • Understudies: Tallulah Twist & Vespa Van Dyne
  • Directed & Choregraphed by Erica Reid
  • Asst. Director/Choreographer: Denise Aden
  • Costumes by Kristen Ahern