SHOW: More Sex-ed Burlesque by Chlamydia dell'Arte
GROUP: Chlamydia dell'Arte
ATTENDED: Tue., Sept. 10, 8 p.m., The Dive
CLOSES: Thu., Sept. 19
BRIEF SELF-DESCRIPTION: "Gigi and Meg are back with an all-new sex-ed burlesque! More dancing! More singing! More Cooking with Wine! More Gertrude and Mrs. Dugan! More fan dancing and striptease! More hilarious burlesque about all things sex!"
WE THINK: This third Chlamydia dell'Arte show -- after their sold-out 2009 Fringe debut and 2011's holiday follow-up Chlamydia for Christmas and Herpes for Hanukkah -- is another smartly written, expertly produced, enthusiastically performed variety show about all things sexual. Gigi Naglak and Meghann Williams perform original songs ("Butt sex should never be a surprise," goes the first line of "The Ukelele Song," performed in matching pink and blue tutus), fan dances, striptease, stand-up comedy, and sketches.
Just as fun are the well-edited video montages that cover costume changes. Participants ranging from local actors Terry Brennan and Nancy Segal to Gigi and Meghann's good-sport moms answer questions like, "What is sex?" "What do you call your genitalia?" and "What's the most unusual place you've had sex?" Meghann and Gigi's sex-ed senior alter egos Mrs. Dugan and Gertrude Rosenblatt return, of course. These videos could be an entire show or a million-hit YouTube video by themselves. Actually, actress Cathy Simpson's wild responses alone should earn her a one-woman show.
I loved everything -- honestly, there's no dead air in this tight, action-packed hour -- but was especially tickled by "Masturbation Classic Theatre," in which Gigi and Meghann play Our Town's George and Emily doing what comes naturally, and Meghann opining about those "rape" stickers we see on STOP signs, because, really, what's up with that?
My only concern is the venue. The Dive Bar's upstairs room is small (20 seats, standing room for 10), and the gals cheerful admit in their opening that the sight lines suck. The atmosphere is appropriately scurrilous and alcoholic lubrication always helps, but more people should experience Chlamydia dell'Arte's proud and healthy openness about sexuality, and they deserve better conditions.
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