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Luxor Las Vegas

3900 Las Vegas Blvd. S.

Las Vegas, NV 89109

702-262-44008

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$43-$65

Nightly 10:30pm

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B+

AT A GLANCE

What is it?

A topless revue that has been playing in Vegas for more than 15 years.

Where is it?

At a cabaret style theater at Luxor on the South Strip.

Is it worth the cost?

I have never really believed that topless shows are worth the money - if you want to go see bare breasts, go to a strip club - but as far as topless shows go, this one is probably your best bet.

Why should I see this show?

Because your girlfriend won't let you go to a strip club and/or you want to at least pretend you're a little classier than that.

What else do I need to know?

In addition to being beautiful, the women are talented dancers and singers.

What's the bottom line?

There's a reason this has been around for 15 years.

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FULL REVIEW

Any show that keeps pulling in audiences after 15 years must be doing something right and in the case of Fantasy at the Luxor it's not only doing it right but doing it better.

I saw Fantasy probably 10 years ago and spent most of the time rolling my eyes at the vapidity of it all. It was soft-core porn that seemed to have been designed according to some sort of blueprint created by a guy who lives in his mother's basement. The women were beautiful, sure, but it was like a bad late night program on Cinemax without even a hint of sexiness or originality.

Like a good wine, it has gotten better with age as they have integrated better choreography, some Cirque-style acrobatics, a much better singer/hostess, better music, comedy, and a focus on stuff that is actually sexy rather than things a 14-year-old boy might think are sexy.

Jamie Lynch makes a great ringleader for this circus - not only beautiful but a darned good singer and genial presence on stage. They keep her clothed, albeit scantily, and she sets a sultry tone throughout.

From there a cadre of perfectly formed women of various types work their way through a series of set pieces that express some version of a fantasy, mostly clichéd but workable. There's the obligatory peekaboo nighty bed scene, which turns into a PG-13 girl-on-girl-on-girl tease; an acrobatic stripper pole sequence; cowgirls (naturally); and an aerialist working a silky red drape that is right out of a Cirque du Soleil show. All of it is enhanced by some really good dancing and great music like "Nasty Girls" by Vanity 6, "Single Ladies" by Beyonce, and "Bang Bang" by Jessie J to name a few. This elevates it from bump and grind crass to something approaching artistic class.

The highlight of the show is classic strip tease set to "Why Don't You Do Right," one of the sexiest songs ever recorded. Granted, I'm pretty sure they were using the version by Jessica Rabbit from "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," but it's still a darned sexy song and the dancer performing to it, Kristin Ratatori in the show I saw, had a perfect combination of sly smile, seductive attitude, and dancing talent to pull it all together expertly.

Lightening things up is comedian Sean Cooper, who does goofy James Brown and Michael Jackson impersonations and harasses the audience in a genial manner. Hint: don't fall asleep in the front row - you will wake up to see things you probably wish you hadn't.

I was pleasantly surprised by Fantasy and although I haven't seen all of them, I feel pretty safe in saying that it is probably the best topless revue in town.

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