A cappella drag queens the Kinsey Sicks return to CSPS

Kinsey Sicks
The Kinsey Sicks have been performing in drag for over 20 years.

The Kinsey Sicks will bring their holiday musical, Oy Vey in a Manger to CSPS Hall this Friday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. Formed in the early ‘90s and hailing from San Francisco’s Castro District, The Kinsey Sicks have been performing as a group for over 20 years. Self-proclaimed as a “Dragapella” group, the drag queens mostly sing four-part a cappella tunes.

Oy Vey in a Manger tells the story of Rachel, Winnie, Trixie and Trampolina as they try desperately to sell their manger before it’s foreclosed upon. The show satirizes Jewish-Gentile relations and features reinterpretations of recognizable Christmas songs like “I’m Dreaming of a Betty White Christmas” and “God Bless Ye Femmy Lesbians.”

The Kinsey Sicks’ performances often center around satiric, political humor. In August of 2013, the group performed America’s Next Top Bachelor Housewife Celebrity Hoarder Makeover Star Gone Wild at CSPS Hall, a show that pokes fun at America’s obsession with reality TV.

Jeff Manabat, who plays Trixie, told Little Village during a 2013 interview that they sometimes take songs out of their repertoire if they aren’t relevant anymore.

“Another parody, ‘Jingle Bells, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,’ was performed in our holiday musical Oy Vey in a Manger when the ban on gays serving in the military was still in effect,” Manabat said. “Once the ban was lifted, the song was excised from the plot of the show, but we were happy to sing it as an encore and presented it as a relic of a bygone era.”