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  •  REVIEW: SPARKLEVISION

      Sparklevision
    Trick or treat

    You might get a bag of and M&Ms and you might get a spanking from the New Wondertwins in their singing, dancing, comedic show "Sparklevision."

    By ROBIN EISGRAU
    Offoffoff.com


    Like a demented version of a 1970s TV variety special, "Sparklevision" packs a twisted showbizzy punch. Starring the New Wondertwins (performers Rebecca Finnegan and Susan Blackwell, who co-wrote the show with Gary Schwartz) this show is a singing and dancing trip to a place where entertainment conventions get tweaked.

    SPARKLEVISION
    Full title: The New Wondertwins in Sparklevision.
    Written by: Rebecca Finnegan, Susan Blackwell, Gary Schwartz.
    Cast: Rebecca Finnegan and Susan Blackwell.
      
    In front of a huge cartoon drawing of the two stars and two shimmery curtains, the New Wondertwins open with a Vegasy, self-referential opening number followed by Blackwell walking into the audience, selecting a female crowd member and kissing her full on the lips (she does ask first); all the while, Finnegan sings a torch song about how upset this makes her.

    They follow this up with a routine about their white-trash backgrounds and a choreographed catfight (yes, they roll around on the floor at one point).

    Up next is a segment about the journey to Broadway of a musical called "Retarded Girl" (the New Wondertwins warned you in the opening number that they wouldn't be p.c.). This very funny show within a show has a pushy stage mother and Finnegan doing a hilarious turn as cast member Eartha Kitt.

    The hijinks don't end there; there's a reading from Finnegan's novel, some ventriloquism, a mid-show number where you may get bag of M&Ms and a spanking, a number by the beleaguered, bright-eyed glittery Sparklevision dancers, a costume change and a finale where the New Wondertwins make deviled eggs with their mouths. One can imagine the New Wondertwins wreaking giddy havoc on a TV show of their own, but for now catching them live is great tongue-in-cheek fun.

    APRIL 14, 2001
    OFFOFFOFF.COM • THE GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE NEW YORK


    Reader comments on Sparklevision:

  • sparklemania brother   from greggie c, Jan 30, 2003
  • Re: sparklemania brother   from bubba, Sep 17, 2004
  • rebecca finnegan is one hot bitch   from buster, Feb 25, 2003
  • Re: rebecca finnegan is one hot bitch   from Laura Finnegan Bolender, Mar 14, 2003
  • Re: rebecca finnegan is one hot bitch   from kittylove, May 13, 2003
  • Re: rebecca finnegan is one hot bitch   from Ken, May 31, 2003
  • Re: rebecca finnegan is one hot bitch   from Susan Blackwell, Jul 3, 2003
  • Re: Rebecca and Susan are BOTH hot-b's   from Ken, Jul 9, 2003
  • Susan Blackwell, your life is calling   from Scot Capehart, Aug 15, 2003
  • susan is a psychobilly freakout   from bobby, Sep 17, 2004
  • rebecca and susan   from charlie, Sep 17, 2004

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