Drag Kings on Tour

Agreeable road diary, "Drag Kings on Tour" follows a half-dozen women who dress -- and perform -- as men on the first-ever such tour across the U.S. and Canada. Watching responses of auds and surprised passers-by is at least as much fun as the stage shows themselves here.

With:
With: Carlos Las Vegas, Christopher Noel, Johnny Kat, Ken Las Vegas, Luster, Pat Riarch.

Agreeable road diary, “Drag Kings on Tour” follows a half-dozen women who dress — and perform — as men on the first-ever such tour across the U.S. and Canada. Watching responses of auds and surprised passers-by is at least as much fun as the stage shows themselves here. Sara Slutsky’s pic won audience award for Best Docu Feature at San Francisco Lesbian & Gay fest; further fest travel should lead toward small-screen destinations.

Packed into a cumbersome RV to hit 15 cities in three weeks, the six “drag kings” are a diverse lot, particularly in their stage acts: North Carolinian Pat Riarch is a serious performance poet; Toronto mom Christopher Noel does sexy dance routines lip-synching to pop songs; Winnipeg’s Ken Las Vegas is an earnest crooner who has to leave early on due to stress problems. They see themselves as “deconstruction workers” whose job is to broaden minds as well as entertain. Reception varies as troupe goes into the Deep South, alarms old school feminists at a Women’s Music Fest, etc. Package is briskly paced, tech aspects are decent.

Drag Kings on Tour

Canada - U.S.

Production: An Alliance Atlantis release of a Drag King Prods. presentation. Produced by Penny Ritco. Executive producers, Sandra M. Itkoff, Laurie McInnes. Directed by Sonia Slutsky.

Crew: Camera (color, video), Zoe Dirse; editor, Michel Lalonde; original music, Music by Becker . Reviewed at San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, June 23, 2004. Running time: 80 MIN.

With: With: Carlos Las Vegas, Christopher Noel, Johnny Kat, Ken Las Vegas, Luster, Pat Riarch.

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