Drawn in the audience, inked at home, painted digitally. From left: Jonny Porkpie, Tigger, Tansy.
The esteemed Trav S.D. and I were lucky enough to attend a preview performance of Pinchbotton Burlesque’s Pretençión a week ago. I’ve discussed writer, co-director and performer Jonny Porkpie (who I met a frightening number of years ago when he produced Tiny Ninja Theater) previously here, when I reviewed his mystery novel. Which brings me to Pretençión.
I say this all the time, but I’m mostly alarmingly old fashioned in my taste, eschewing the conceptual for the narrative at almost every turn. Pretençión isn’t simply an excellent burlesque showcase full of headliners (which is is), but a delightful send-up (ahem. burlesque) of the insufferabilities of Cirque de Soleil and other deeply earnest theatrical tropes. It’s a riot. And the burlesque acts are all stars. But it has an arc, as much as one can say a Marx Brothers film has a beginning, a middle and an end, i.e. it has a story on which to hang all the gags and ecdysiastical performances. I’ve never seen Tansy perform before, but she was a complete delight. Tigger, Porkpie, Murray Hill, Broadway Brassy, Julie Atlas Muz (as a mime. Hilarious.) round out the rest of the regular cast - though there might be some dropping in and out, schedules permitting, etc. etc. All funny and charming as per usual.
It’s running Thursdays @ 10 and Sundays @ 8
The Elektra Theater, 669 8th Avenue NYC
Buy tickets here.