Venue: Chippendales Theater
3700 W. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, NV
Show Dates: Ongoing
Show Times: 8pm; Also 10:30pm Fri - Sat
Age Restriction: 18
Show Length: 75 minutes
Starting at $55.08
Chippendales starts out innocent enough. When you walk in, you and your companion, say, maybe your old college roommate, are seated at small round tables (four to a table) and a video begins on a screen -- people that have seen the show before giving their testimonials. Your old roommate orders some drinks from a Chippendale-in-training-cocktail-server and fans herself after he leaves with the napkins already on the table. Her fanning hand will be exhausted by the end of the night.
The video screen lifts and suddenly men, dressed as though they finished filming "The Matrix," are on stage and music, beats and a voice announce that, "you're in the pleasure zone."
Here's an abbreviated run-down of things you will never look at the same way after seeing Chippendales: nunchucks, doctors, dating game shows, breakdancers, paint that glows under black light and your college roommate.
This girl, woman, lady, whatever, this person you lived with, this person you've seen inebriated and maybe relieving herself of a lot of beer in some weird places, this person you watched go through boy crisis after boy crisis in college, is now having a boy crisis of a different kind and you have finally reached the point where, like we said, you will never see her the same way again.
Now, it would be enough if she were just in the audience, all of the sudden hooting, hollering, whistling and screaming in ways that would make even the manliest of men blush. But, no, this is your old friend, the one who graduated summa cum laude, the one who sat on the governing board for four clubs and still made time for the swim team, this is your friend that always goes the extra mile and her night at Chippendales is no exception.
Your old pal, she makes it on stage. The show has a lot of numbers and skits where audience participation is allowed and encouraged. And so, after passing up a chance to become a dating show contestant that demonstrates her favorite position for the eyes of Bachelor No. 1 or the recipient of a sexy serenade, she sees her opening and takes it.
We'll say your friend does something tame during the day, maybe she's a meeting planner, maybe she's, aw, who cares. Normally her existence is a fairly mild one. In what is arguably the crowning jewel of Chippendales audience participation, your friend is chosen to stand center stage in the ER. Sexy doctors dance about, everything's going great and then the scene changes and suddenly she's "chained" in a sort of bondage chamber, being teased and touched by men so much hotter than the brothers of Sigma Phi Delta that she used to run around with that you literally have no adjectives to describe them.
It's hilarious and provocative and sexy all at once and when she finally comes down from the stage and the dancers titillate a few more times, she won't be the same woman.
You may want to tease her a little, poke a little fun at your dear friend, but one final note of advice -- don't.
Keep in mind, to that girl, the one breathlessly clutching a ripped tank top torn and tossed from the body of a dancer, you're her college roommate and there's another of showing of Chippendales tomorrow.