Nerdlesque – Burlesque For NERDS? Really?
We went to their show on Saturday night, February 4th. The theater seems to hide on the block, as there are no lights or big signs to distinguish it. I could barely make out the words Brick Theater on a small plaque before heading through the first door. We waited patiently with a small crowd, standing in the limited space between the ticket desk and the entrance. A few minutes later we entered and sat down. It was small with an intimate distance between the seats and stage, but still a professional set-up. By showtime it was packed, and people were sitting on the floor. Hosts Makin’ Whoopee and Dick E. Lovejoy opened and hosted the show. These two did a funny act that I think was referencing World of Warcraft (or another computer game that I’m not nerdy enough to know.) The acts to follow were unique, with subtle, playful humor and a variety of characters. My favorite was Iris Explosion as The Flash. In the middle of the show they asked for two volunteers to go on stage and play a trivia game. For each question answered correctly, two performers, one on each side, would take off an item of clothing. They asked a bunch of questions I couldn’t have answered, even if I had studied beforehand, but the players successfully got some clothing removed. It was a fun little interlude in the show. As a side note, part of what I think is burlesque’s new appeal is that the women are all different shapes and sizes, just like real life. Many of them have curvy and voluptuous figures, and it’s almost enviable, how comfortable they are with their bodies. Their allure and seduction does not depend on whether or not they have cellulite or love handles, but rather naturally comes through as they shake it on stage and show off what they got.
Lastly, just thought I would share a conversation I had with a player next to me during the game, as I was talking to him about nudism.
Him : Are all of these people nudists? (Yes, we’re EVERYWHERE.)
Me : No, just me and him and those couple of people over there.
Him : So you guys like have orgies?
Me : No, we just hang out naked, have indoor and outdoor events, parties..People who do the social sexual stuff are called swingers.
….I grew up as a nudist at a club, you know, and there, there’s swimming, tennis, volleyball, hiking,
Him : And orgies?
Me : No.
Him : Why not?
Stay tuned for the next showing of Nerdlesque, to which we will invite you all!