On Saturday, April 8, Peepshow Menagerie brought Hamiltease, a burlesque parody of the Broadway smash musical Hamilton, to Fais Do-Do in West Adams. The sold-out show featured performances by Tas DeVille, Nox Falls, Sgt. Die Wies, Kitschy Koo and others, as well as a Hamilton sing-along featuring members of the Hamiltunes L.A. Cabinet.
Performer DeVille has wanted to put on this show ever since she listened to the Hamilton soundtrack last year. Shortly thereafter Peepshow Menagerie offered her the opportunity to co-produce Hamiltease, and she jumped at the chance. The mission of her company, Vamptastic Productions, is to present audiences with beautiful and thought-provoking performance art that features performers who are typically less represented in the arts world. Tas DeVille, herself a plus-size woman of color, put together a cast for Hamiltease that was as diverse as it was skilled.
If you weren't sure why Absinthe L.A. is an 18-and-older show, the 5-minute-long dick jokes will certainly explain things.
Designed as a dirty Cirque du Soleil–type show, with lots of aerial work and a bit of old-fashioned smut, Absinthe has been a smash hit in Las Vegas for the past six years. Setting up their Spiegeltent on the edge of L.A. Live, the cast of Absinthe do many of the wonderfully superhuman feats of the modern circus we have come to know and love, but with 10 times more chutzpah and in lingerie. There is a striptease, an erotic green fairy, a sacrilegious roller-skating duo and every kind of aerial act, all done on or above a 9-foot-wide circular stage. Opening night saw a red carpet with everyone from Katrina Law to Wil Wheaton to Perez Hilton walking into the dirty, sexy, circus that is Absinthe L.A.
All photos by Star Foreman.
The performers of the Hollywood Jane Revue has proven themselves to be masters when it comes to themed burlesque. The revue takes the classic performance cycle format and integrates a new concept for the performers to play out onstage. At Burlyquest on Tuesday, the troupe flexed its creative muscle in terms of routine conception, song pairing and flexibility in tone.
The show opened with musical parody duo Library Bards turning modern pop hits into nerd anthems; for instance, Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" became "PokeBall." But the show that followed served up more obscure '80s fantasy. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were obvious inclusions, but the surprise was in seeing sendups of Highlander and Legend (an underrated Ridley Scott classic). Even Artax's horrific death scene from The Neverending Story made it into the mix.
The troupe demonstrated a new level of maturity, taking on Tolkien with one performer as Smeagol and producer Blanche Bourgeois as Smaug, performing a fiery fan routine. Two different interpretations from one writer's catalog, both handled expertly.
All photos by Daniel Sliwa
Welcome to the magical world of the Knock Shop!
Cherry Poppins Productions' new show takes on the wizarding world at Three Clubs, in a production that has been extended through May. "The boy who lived," here named Harry Poppins, dances and sings her way through her Whorewarts classes, along with the help of her two close friends, Ron Squeeze-me and Him-ione. The trio, along with the help of witches and whore-locks, must band together to take down She Who Must Not Be Tamed by destroying the various Whorecrotches.
This musical parody is described by Cherry Poppins as "a special love potion with a dash of teenage hormones, a sprinkle of burlesque and the usual helping of Cherry hijinx that will leave you infatuated and possibly obsessed."
The production is wonderfully acted and beautifully choreographed, allowing the viewer to get swept up and lost in the magic, even when the plot goes a little off the rails in the second half in favor of musical numbers. Still, it's one of the group's funniest and wildest burlesque/cabaret concoctions yet.
All photos by Daniel J. Sliwa
Masked Mexican wrestling and sexy, striptease-y burlesque extravaganza Lucha VaVOOM got especially amorous for its annual Twisted Valentine show at the Mayan on Feb. 8 and 9. Performers including comedians Dan Harmon and Ron Funches, mustachioed and merkined madman Dirty Sanchez, contortionist Kristina Nekyia, a poodled-out Prince Poppycock and others wowed the crowd with a unique combination of sex, violence and comedy. Much more exciting than a dozen roses or a heart-shaped box of chocolates.
All photos by Timothy Norris
The Pasadena Convention Center was abuzz — literally — over the Jan. 28-29 weekend for Inked magazine's California Golden State Tattoo Expo. The weekend event — which has expanded since last year — drew artists from all over the world, and plenty of local ink masters, too. Tattoo fiends from all over the Southland gathered to get stuck with everything from realistic black-and-gray portraits to colorful, surreal pieces. Appearances by burlesque and sideshow performers rounded out a freaky, inky weekend.