By Lauren Kelly, Assistant Editor
The Geekenders’ newest show Not the Bees! A Burlesque Tribute to Nicholas Cage hit the Rio Theatre stage on September 2. The show’s simple plotline involved Nicholas Cage in Hell with Satan punishing him by forcing him to watch his movies for the rest of time.
Stephen Blakley performed as Nicholas Cage, delivering a hilarious, over-the-top impression, referring to himself in the third person, gyrating, yelling, and telling the audience to shut up when Nicholas Cage is speaking. This was tough, as the audience rarely stopped laughing during these segments.
The dances were prefaced by ridiculous clips from Cage’s films, including Con Air, Moonstruck, National Treasure, and Kick-Ass. Duo Fanny Oakley and Jayne Fondue performed dynamic dances for both Face/Off and The Wickerman. In their Face/Off routine, they each stole the other’s Nicholas Cage and John Travolta face headbands and shot each other with water guns. Another highlight came from Geekenders’ artistic director Trixie Hobbitses, who danced a routine for The Family Man and covered herself in chocolate cake.
Throughout the night, the hilarious Roe Butts scampered around the stage in a mullet wig, T-shirt, and jeans, seemingly searching for something. She concluded with the final number in the show: her finding the Declaration of Independence and performing a dance with it as wings.
The show was incredibly sexy, entertaining, and off-beat. Not the Bees! proves that Geekenders can pull off any parody.