At There’sDrinkingToBeDone.Com, we’re urban adventurers constantly searching for the next exciting thing. What’s the next big event? Where’s the best bar? That’s when it happened. We met some of the gals of The Peek-A-Boo Revue at an after-hours bar. They were classy, edgy and it was the first time we had heard of Neo-Burlesque straight from the heart of Philadelphia. The problem was, we had questions: What do we wear, how do we act, is it a “bro” only kind of evening, etc. One show led to many more, and as we returned with new friends and co-workers they had the same questions.
So for all of you burlesque curious, we present this simple beginners guide:
Who should I bring?
The audience ranges from anywhere between 21 to 81. Basically anyone who feels comfortable watching women seductively dance around in g-strings and tassels. We’ve brought brothers, sisters, best friends, male and female co-workers, and most importantly significant others. Everyone at some point will join in the oohs and ahhs.
What should I wear?
Wear what makes you happy. This is a fun event, and you should have fun too. Great examples of acceptable burlesque wear: A sexy little black dress, a suit that is a little too loud for normal functions or maybe that corset and boa that you bought and never wore. Don’t worry though, a nice pair of jeans matched with a solid tee is fine too. Honestly, no one will be looking at you when there’s PLENTY to watch onstage. You don’t have to dress to the nines, but dressing to the sixes can’t hurt.
How should I act?
Everyone is there to have fun. Cat calls, cheering, clapping, laughing, and occasional shouting are all highly encouraged. You’re expected to let the performers know what they’re doing is AMAZING. The shows are typically a sexy and lighthearted variety show, where it can’t hurt to yell “Boo! You Whore!” as Joey Martini of The Peek-A-Boo Revue announces the last act. Just remember, moderation is key.
When should I go?
The expression on someone’s face when popping their burlesque cherry is incredible. If we had to pick specifics, holiday shows such as, Valentine’s Day, 4th of July, Halloween, and Christmas are our favorites. There’s nothing quite like taking a break from tedious the holidays to see a sexy fan dance or a skit about the Island of Misfit Sex Toys. The truth though is, anytime.
Why should I go?
It’s an all new experience for many people. Burlesque first fell by the wayside back in the 1930s, due to a ban in 1937 in New York City. This was followed by the advent of movie houses, a.k.a. “talkies”, that took even more away from the theater crowd. It wasn’t until the 1960s that we saw a revival of burlesque in the form of go-go dancing. This later merged with traditional burlesque styles, to give you what we have today: an art form that combines dancing, live music, comedy, and sex appeal. If nothing else, you will be surprised and appreciative of the dozens of creative ways a person can get semi-naked. Even if you decide it isn’t your cup of tea, you’ll still be able to say you saw something most haven’t.
As for the WHY, it’s simple.
We fell in love with burlesque, especially The Peek-A-Boo Revue and The Smoking Gun Revue. It’s the perfect date, a night out with the guys or even a temporary relief from your troubles of the world. There’s no wrong way to attend one of these events, just sit back, enjoy yourself and order up a drink.
So from Zero, Kingpin, and the rest of the TD2BD crew.
Please check out your local burlesque.
You won’t be disappointed!