Wednesday, 22 June 2011

The Burlesque Hour Loves Melbourne, June 21, 2011

The Burlesque Hour Loves Melbourne ****
  • Kate Herbert
  • From: Herald Sun
  • June 21, 2011 12:00AM

THE BURLESQUE HOUR LOVES MELBOURNE, by Moira Finucane and Jackie Smith. Fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, city, until August 14, 2011

TRADITIONAL burlesque endures a delicious spanking in Finucane and Smith's provocative remix of the genre that simultaneously celebrates and parodies old burlesque, making it tres moderne.

The Burlesque Hour Loves Melbourne puts the cheek (or should I say cheeks) back into cheeky. A parade of 18 acts in various stages of dress or undress, titillate us with saucy songs, sassy dances and hilarious antics.

Each week features a guest artist. We were treated to the inimitable Rhonda Burchmore, wearing glittering gowns and singing tantalising tunes.

Finucane is inspired as she teeters on the brink of beauty and grotesquery. She is the latin lothario Romeo, then a tuck shop lady aroused by a meat pie, followed by the Queen of Hearts with her exploding red balloons.

Her stunning new act, Homage to the Water Wall, has audiences huddled under plastic sheets and brollies to escape the falling rain.

Maude Davey confronts and feeds us with her strawberries-and-cream fetish, then, decked in showgirl feathers, pounds the crowd with The Angels' rock anthem Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again?

You'll be infatuated with these nude, rude, lewd and wickedly hilarious acts that tickle, tease and mock you with their demented and glitzy uber-punk burlesque.

STAR RATING: * * * *

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