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By Dianne R. Davis
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Photos by Dianne R. Davis or Burt Davis unless otherwise indicated.

When's the last time you walked into a theater and had a choice of pots or pans?

Yes, pots and pans and cookie sheets. And drum sticks too. Recycled Percussion at the Saxe Theater in the Miracle Mile at Planet Hollywood is a kid-friendly show, but adults would be well advised to bring earplugs. The promotional verbiage says, “A gravity-defying comedic explosion of rock. Grab your drumsticks and come play.” And they provide the drumsticks for you.

If you don't like noise, turn fast and exit. If you don't mind it, you might have some fun as this energetic, high spirited group of young men bang their way through an acoustic celebration. They can play anything – floors, ladders, trash cans, themselves, their friends – and they do to the delight of the crowd. And how do audience members express their delight? By banging on the pots and pans with drumsticks.

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Photo courtesy of David Saxe Productions

The start of the show is a highlight as the curtain opens to showcase a group of colorfully dressed topsy turvy performers. The guys are upside down! And banging away. Get ready for a unique theatrical experience. They are musicians, they are acrobats, they are high energy performers.

This is a new version of shake, rattle and roll as the fellows create rhythm everywhere. They create rhythmic sounds on ladders as they climb them and jump from them as well. There's comic relief in the form of the umpa lumpas, (stage hands) who appear periodically to clear away the props. Only in this show props are things like ladders and trash can lids. Segments range from good to cute to downright silly with costumes and props and mini skits including Etch A Sketch, Slinky and View Masters. The drumstick juggling was a highlight for me. Very impressive as they toss the sticks cross stage to each other.

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Photo courtesy of David Saxe Productions

And then, a pleasant surprise! It's “Totally Random Cookie Time.” The show comes to a halt as the gang passes out delicious fresh cookies to everyone in the audience. Okay, this is hokey, but the audience loved it. I mean, what other show in Las Vegas gives you fresh cookies. In answer to your thought that you think you've seen these guys somewhere, go with the obvious answer. They are among the large number of shows and performers in Las Vegas who are “America's Got Talent” alumni.(2009)

There's a silly game show segment which involves volunteers from the audience. All in all, this is 75 minutes of unique entertainment that the kids will love and most adults will enjoy.
 
Daily except Sundays at 5:30 p.m. Call 702-260-7200 or purchase online at vtheaterboxoffice.com. Locals presently get 30% off.

 

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