Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

A lucky week to go see the 'dolls

Last night's outing was to the Boston Babydolls, whose current show, Unlucky in Love, is playing this week. It's a great show, probably their best to date.

There are no weak spots. Every act is great, from Mina's delightful fan dance to Ruby and Honey's brilliantly funny duet of two prison escapees on the run, to Joy's thrilling torch songs. Even when things went wrong, they did so right -- in Honey's "Everything that can possibly go wrong does so" routine, her intentionally-flying shoe managed to send her next props off into the audience, in a billiard shot so perfect that I knew it wasn't planned, simply because it wasn't *possible* to do it deliberately. (But she covered for it without missing a beat, and even worked it right into the dance.) And the whole thing is wrapped in a Scratch monologue that ties it together exceptionally well.

The standout routine, as so often, was Betty's -- I never know what she's going to come up with next, and I always look forward to it. This time, it's not even really a strip; rather, it's a symphony in bedsheets, billowing around her as she dances. It's absolutely captivating, one of those moments that crosses the line from performance into Art.

The best summary I can give is that this show really wants to be taped, simply so that it can be shown to the *next* generation of Burlesque with the adminition, "this is what it's supposed to look like". Highly recommended. It's playing tonight and tomorrow in Arlington, and I gather there are still tickets available for tomorrow's show, so go see it...

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