You’ve seen all the Strip production shows, but have you caught those performers’ personal projects? OK, OK Variety Show, organized by Amos Glick of Le Rêve, gathers performers from Michael Jackson One, Zarkana, Mystère, Absinthe and others. Glick says his high-energy, off-the-wall event is inspired by Berlin’s mitternacht, or midnight, shows.
“People would come and show their wares and the director would say, ‘I’m going to take these 10 acts,’ and would weave stuff through them,” Glick says. “No one would get paid, but it was a way for lesser-known people to try new acts.”
The ongoing but irregularly scheduled show takes place at Inspire Theater and includes aerial-silk performances, dance routines, a juggling act, magic, comedy, wirewalking, a yo-yo entertainer from Japan and Glick performing “Jewish hip-hop.” OK’s cast and numbers are ever-changing, but the quality feels consistent and consistently thrilling—an event that should make you feel grateful to be a local in Las Vegas.
The variety show got its start years ago at a now-shuttered bar when a cellist from O asked if she could play a few songs and dancers from Believe began dancing improvisationally. “The environment made me think it would be so cool to establish a kind of space where we’re sort of entertaining each other but it’s open to the public,” Glick says.
OK, OK Variety Show February 7, 11:30 p.m., $15-$25. Inspire Theater, facebook.com/vegasvariety.