Briefs: The Second Coming (3 stars)

Aerial trickery, vaudeville, smuttiness and muscles combine for a brilliant bonkers show

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This article is from 2013.

Briefs: The Second Coming

Elaborate dick pouches, man-dogs and defecation are just some of the high – and low – lights of a Briefs show, as occasionally brilliant as it is totally bonkers. A fabulous Priscilla, Queen of the Desert-inspired opening sets the tone for an all-male burlesque troupe, whose second coming would make even the holiest of waters sizzle.

Mistress of ceremonies Fez keeps the wheels of the smut train nicely turning in an array of spandex so tight it makes Madonna’s noughties attire look like a conservative habit, while the Brief boys’ muscular bods infuse burlesque, vaudeville and magic to largely comic effect.

The highlights here lie in the dazzling rope work that bookends the show, while some of the edgier set pieces – like a Crufts-inspired catwalk show – arguably induce more ‘eww’ than ‘woo’; and a lip-synching lounge act fails to really hit the high notes.

None of which matters much when the star of the show, Las Vegas lovely Mark Winmill, swings into view for the closing ‘bird bath’ routine – with aerial trickery sure to leave the hottest under the collar suitably watered down.

Assembly George Square, 623 3030, until 26 Aug (not 13), 7.50pm, £15 (£14).

This article is from 2013.

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