At a Glance
What is it?
A full-length ventriloquist show from “America’s Got Talent” winner Terry Fator.
Where is it?
In a big theater at The Mirage on the Center Strip.
Is it worth the cost?
If you’re a fan of the guy or ventriloquism in general, then yes.
Why should I see this show?
Because you know all of Fator’s friends by heart.
What else do I need to know?
Try to get a seat somewhere in the center of the showroom. Seats on the edges don’t have the best sightlines.
What’s the bottom line?
An entertaining diversion but not one of my favorite shows in Vegas.
Fator won a season of the NBC competition show “America’s Got Talent,” and he is proving he has plenty of it with his unique show at The Mirage that blends ventriloquism with celebrity impersonations. Sound odd? Yes, it is, but also traditionally old-fashioned in a lot of ways.
Fator’s “Cast of Thousands” include Winston, a laid-back turtle; Walter the horn-dog cowboy; the Elvis impersonating Maynard; stoner Dougie, middle aged cougar Vicky, and more all of whom join their master for a song or three in the style of whomever did the song originally. You’ll see Winston doing a decent Roy Orbison and a so-good-it’s-spooky Maroon 5 while Walter tears through Brooks and Dunn and Dougie brings down the house with some Guns-n-Roses.
The impressions themselves range from pretty good to perfect, but all of them are pretty amazing considering the guy doing them isn’t opening his mouth most of the time.
While enjoyable in a mostly inoffensive way, there’s something not quite there about the show. Fator seems to be more comfortable with a puppet on his arm than as himself and his pacing in between numbers and by himself was laconic to the point of sleepiness. The few bits where Fator goes it alone are, at best, diverting and at worst, downright unentertaining. A particularly cringe-worthy Michael Jackson segment has been cut after the singer’s death – it won’t be missed.
The layout of the theater doesn’t help with large chunks of the audience facing giant television screens instead of the stage (try to get a seat in the center if you want to see him instead of a broadcast image of him).
Fator is, without a doubt, a journeyman entertainer, having done this act for decades. He knows his audience and his audience knows him so for fans this full scale Las Vegas production is probably a dream come true. While not challenging from an artistic or entertainment point of view, the show is a solid throwback to the variety days of Vegas yore when all it took to get a few laughs out of folks was a good piece of felt on your arm.