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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Review-Revealed (Horse Trade Theater Group)

The Fab Marquee review by Dianna Martin.

If you'd like to be a little more naughty than nice this year and still reap all the rewards; if you are intrigued by even the thought of the burlesque scene; and, if you are eager to catch some of the most entertaining performers who have no problem baring it all - then Revealed, presented by GiGi La Femme and Doc Wasabassco will be the best present you could give yourself this new year.

I have seen quite a bit of burlesque in New York City (having a burlesque performer as a roommate at one time will provide that lifestyle), and I have to say that this is some of the best around - and also indeed one of the most revealing. Most shows around town are quite enjoyable, and the audience cheers as the dancers remove articles of clothing to numbers leaving only pasties and a g-string.

Not Revealed. It takes it a step further...for the performers do as the title suggests; they get down to the buff! But it isn't even just dance - these are performance artists who take their craft seriously. It's hosted by the burlesque scene's darling Bastard Keith, who takes the stage and gets the audience warmed up well for the show as he charms, sings, jokes, and tells stories. He's a delight and a wonderful host with great charisma, and could be a whole show himself. But wait - there is oh-so-much more.

All of the acts are fantastic. From Pinkie Special's strip with a hula hoop going the whole time, to Mr. Exotic World winner Tigger! doing a great number to Bowie's Golden Years complete with being covered in gold paint; from the sci-fi sexploration of Kobayashi Maru's removal of her corset with Hal 9000 talking away in the background, to the glorious allure of Peekaboo Pointe; all of the evening's beautiful and fantastic performances by these and all the other burlesque artists make this show solid and enjoyable and certainly worth the money.

Performed at Under St. Marks in the heart of the East Village, Revealed is a class act in a delightfully fun theatre that will leave you wanting to get as close to the stage as possible. I suggest doing so - and strap yourself in for a great ride.

Horse Trade Theater Group presents
A Gigi La Femme & Doc Wasabassco production
Third Wednesday of every month at 10pm
Under St Marks

Admission is $20. Tickets are available online at or by calling 212-868-4444

Under St Marks | 94 St. Marks Place | Manhattan

1 comment:

mark said...

I am so glad that the recreation of authentic, "hey-day" burlesque is trying to make a comeback(and hopefully succeeding). I myself have been to one of the shows spoken of and had more fun in one night than a kid in a candy store! Mainly because it is an artform and a splendid re-creation of the burlesque of the 40s, 50s and 60s. This show looks even more daring than the others, but should be spectacular. I would love to go, as I am a buff of the buff!