BWW Review: David Lynch Burlesque- Twin Peaks Edition


I have seen all sorts of Burlesque shows, and have come to expect it all. From a masked dancer writhing inside of a giant hotdog bun, to cross-dressing men with duct tape over their penises- nothing surprises me anymore. Which is why my interest was piqued upon hearing of a "David Lynch Burlesque Show"; I could only imagine what creepy costumes and ominous music would accompany such a theme. Held at The Parkside Lounge "The Pink Room: David Lynch Burlesque" is set to be performed in several installments. I attended the first, which was held last week.

One can't think of David Lynch without immediately imagining scenes or music from his uniquely styled surrealist films and television work. Disturbing tales of mystery such as Mulholland Drive or Blue Velvet are some of his better-known films. And none of his television work is more popular than the cult classic, Twin Peaks, a drama series set in a small Washington town where high school sweetheart Laura Palmer has just been murdered. It seems only fitting that this is what organizer "Franny Fluffer" would pick for the first episode of the burlesque series.

Hosted by Bastard Keith (a regular at the currently under construction Slipper Room) the show featured performances by some NY burlesque scene regulars including Calamity Chang, Franny Fluffer, Amelia Bareparts, Gemini Rising, Grace Gotham and Tansy Tan Dora.

Upon entering the back room of Parkside Lounge the audience was immediately greeted by the erratic, intense mood music that has become synonymous with Lynch and Twin Peaks. This music is also used throughout the burlesque show, ranging from cocktail lounge piano and percussion to sultry horns and finger snaps.

There is no mistaking that you have arrived in Twin Peaks, as the go-go dancer, Foxy Vermouth, is up on stage gyrating and grooving while wrapped in nothing by a clear plastic sheet bound by rope. This, for those non-fans, pays homage to the first episode of Twin Peaks, during which "Laura Palmer" is found murdered on the beach. Of course the burlesque version is much more enjoyable, as Ms. Vermouth is very much alive and also accepting tips.

Throughout the show the dancers honor Lynch's many themes including cherry pie and coffee (climbing out of a giant coffee cup and, shall we say... enjoying... a cherry pie?) The dancers also dress (or at least begin dressed) as characters from the show, including a spot on "Audrey Horne" impression down to the movements, attitude, and signature blouse and skirt combo. There is even a "Log Lady" performance honoring the erratic character by cradling a small log and then, of course, using it in another (naughtier) manner later on. Host Bastard Keith lightens the moodiness in between each act with his quick-witted shtick.

For ten dollars, this show is a score. It has all of the burlesque basics (tassel twirling, stripping, costumes) plus it has a theme. And what could be a more of a New York night out than to watch a bunch of nearly naked ladies honor an art and film legend in the back of a moderately priced bar?

A quick FYI: The space fills up very fast and I expect it will for all of the installments, so if attending be sure to get there about a half hour early and get in line, or resign yourself to standing room only. 

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