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The Burlesque Hour: Not Just Tassles and Tease

By TheStreet - 4 February 2010 41

[First Filed Feb 2, 2010]
Burlesque in red

Working at the Street there are a lot of exciting things going on but this one is SUPER DUPER exciting: the return of Finucane & Smith‘s The Burlesque Hour with a new show, appropriately (though perhaps not very inventingly) titled SHE’S BACK!

It’s a new show with some old favourite acts (like Dairy Queen, which involves A LOT OF MILK – first few rows will get wet) and new guest artistes (Jess Love, for instance, who is the Guinness World Record Holder for hula hooping. I can’t wait to see her in action!).

Burlesque Balloons

Yes, yes, I am a publicist. But I’m also an arts writer and theatre maker, and talking to Moira Finucane about the show, I think I can safely put my money where my mouth is – it’s going to be flipping amazing.

Naomi

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41 Responses to
The Burlesque Hour: Not Just Tassles and Tease
motleychick 9:14 am 04 Feb 10

grunge_hippy said :

i dont think i would want to see any of those “women” naked. ugh. a few got hit with the ugly stick on the way out…

+1

Burlesque is meant to be sexy. They are not.

toriness 8:10 am 04 Feb 10

i went along to this last year and thought it was reasonably entertaining… especially being given a plastic tablecloth to wear during the performance (the milk act) as we were seated directly by the stage….. however my friends i took along with me on our little theatre outing thought otherwise. they still bag me out about my theatre outing coordinator abilities :/

Thumper 11:02 pm 03 Feb 10

offensive?

oh… please someone save us from this sleeze!!!!

Jim Jones 7:05 pm 03 Feb 10

johnboy said :

CoffeeGeek said :

Could we please remove the picture from the front page of RA? Some may consider this NSFW, or even offensive.

And they are best removed from any community.

Won’t somebody please think of the children!

johnboy 6:58 pm 03 Feb 10

CoffeeGeek said :

Could we please remove the picture from the front page of RA? Some may consider this NSFW, or even offensive.

And they are best removed from any community.

grunge_hippy 6:34 pm 03 Feb 10

i dont think i would want to see any of those “women” naked. ugh. a few got hit with the ugly stick on the way out…

colourful sydney rac 4:35 pm 03 Feb 10

Pommy bastard said :

grunge_hippy said :

is it a drag show?

My thoughts too..

If it’s not a drag show, do they actually get their kit off?

Yes – if last year is anything to go by. However if all you’re after is a bit of nudity there would be cheaper options.

CoffeeGeek 3:01 pm 03 Feb 10

Could we please remove the picture from the front page of RA? Some may consider this NSFW, or even offensive.

Pommy bastard 2:33 pm 03 Feb 10

grunge_hippy said :

is it a drag show?

My thoughts too..

If it’s not a drag show, do they actually get their kit off?

motleychick 2:18 pm 03 Feb 10

The only person who can pull off an awesome burlesque show that’s worth watching is Dita von Teese. Least she doesn’t look like a tranny.

colourful sydney rac 12:05 pm 03 Feb 10

no it is not a drag show. Ms Abe Saffron and myself went to it last year and had a great time.

grunge_hippy 10:10 am 03 Feb 10

is it a drag show?

Thumper 8:07 am 03 Feb 10

Don’t let Hargreaves find out about it.

pug206gti 6:59 am 03 Feb 10

It has been a very long time since there was anything provocative about nudity and saucy underwear,

I seem to recall a year to the day this Friday a bit of a hoo-hah about burlesque at the Multicultural the spelled that particular event’s end. Although noone could quite work out just who it was that thought it was all a bit too risque.

I-filed 7:36 pm 02 Feb 10

I saw the last show and expected it to be subversive and exciting – but I found it tame and mediocre. It lacked fire and energy. There was an interminable mimed “Total Eclipse of the Heart” – a supposed spoof, but by the umpteenth “turn around turn around” where yes, she turned around again and again and again, I was beyond bored. The “sprayed with milk” piece was hackneyed and dull – 1970s feminist trope anyone? No thanks, it would be sexier to leaf through a Judy Chicago programme and get off on retro platewear. I stayed till the end, but quite a few folk had walked out. The sort of “tango face” the troupe kept throughout is a strange device, perhaps originally an emotional protection from the days when burlesque dancers were treated as “fallen women”. These days, though, it just looks forced and pointless.

It has been a very long time since there was anything provocative about nudity and saucy underwear, so there’s nothing confronting, nothing to learn from. A mere promo short from the new film Precious offered me a more subversive message about proud bodies.

I rated the show – and it looks as though this year’s is pretty much a rehash of the same (how lazy) – four out of ten.

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