This week Jawnts is for adults only. That's right, 18 and up from here on out!
One word, Philadelphia: burlesque. Not familiar with this form of entertainment? Well, modern American burlesque is basically a variety show or cabaret that features raunchy comedy, song, dance, and - everyone's favorite - stripteases. Think of the musicals Chicago or Cabaret. Or if you're a little younger, that super-strange Cher movie - appropriately titled Burlesque - with Christina Aguilera.
Sunday at the World Cafe Live in University City the Peek-A-Boo Revue - billed as Philadelphia's premier neo-burlesque show - will present its "Holiday Spectacular." You'll want to be there.
Established in 1998 by Phil Cohen at the 5 Spot in Old City, the Peek-A-Boo Revue is Philly's longest-running burlesque show. Even though its old venue and home burned down (may it rest in peace), the troupe not only maintained performances by traveling to different theaters, but also grew. Now it includes an eight-piece jazz band and was dubbed Best Troupe at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Competition in Las Vegas in 2008 and 2012.
Whether you are new to this style of entertainment or just curious, the Holiday Spectacular promises to be more than just a titillating eyeful.
"I hope that our audience appreciates the effort to detail that we include in each show to stay true to our vaudevillian roots while keeping our show modern and on topic," says Cherry Bomb, the troupe's managing director.
"This current show gives me a great joy to present," she said. "It is very classic and has beautiful aesthetics as far as costuming and concept. But we turn this past year on its head and have fun with the ridiculousness that has ensued. We certainly mention some things that have been on everyone's mind but they are too afraid to pontificate!"
One more thing you should know: Peek-A-Boo Revue has gone international. It will headline the Munich Burlesque Festival in the spring. That's right. People in other countries want to see what you have right here in your own city.
So gather your friends, get a few drinks, and head to the show.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8. Tickets are $25 plus fees, and you must be at least 18 years old. For more information, visit www.worldcafelive.com.
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