Connoisseurs of the Seattle burlesque scene may have noticed that large group shows are on the rise, and that is fantastic. This year alone we were treated to splendid shows like Paula the Swedish Housewife’s House of Thee Unholy #4, Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann’s Through the Looking Glass, and the Wet Spot’s SHINE: A Burlesque Musical. All in all, 2010 has been a good year for burlesque in the Emerald City, and bringing the decade to a close we have something just as exciting: Ben De La CrÃ¨me’s HOMO For The Holidays is in its third year and better than ever.
This show has a breathtaking lineup of performers. The creator, Ben De La Creme, will grace the stage, of course. Joining them each night will be Fuchsia FoXXX, Seattle’s sexiest belly dancer; The Cherdonna and Lou Show, a brilliant duo if ever there was one;Â Ilvs Strauss; a multi-talented wonder, and Paris Original, the beautiful ballerina previously seen in both SHINE and House of Thee Unholy. Just because six talent performers wasn’t enough, each night has a special guest star including Indigo Blue, Sarah Rudinoff, Nick Garrison, Waxie Moon, SylviaO’Stayformore, Victor Janusz, and The Shanghai Pearl.
HOMO embraces each of the holidays that fall around this time of year. There’s Christmas of course, but also Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Kwanza, and every other date worthy of celebration. Expect dancing reindeer, sexy cookies, and who knows what else.
But wait, there is in fact more. Turns out HOMO For the Holidays isn’t just a burlesque show. It’s also got drag, music, contemporary dance, ballet, spoken word, and theater. That’s a lot to fit into one show for sure, but I have never been disappointed by anyone involved in this production, so the sky is certainly the limit.
In previous years, HOMO has premiered for only a single weekend. But this year, because fate is generous, there are six performances, stretching from Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 25th, to Christmas Eve, Friday December 24th. Tickets and a full schedule are available here. All shows are 8:00pm at the West Hall OddFellows building, 2nd floor, 915 E Pine Street in Capitol Hill. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. I don’t know about any of you, but I’m in line for opening night!