Posted By: Linnea Covington
The art of making fun of yourself is always appreciated, and, if you do it well, even better. Given the nature of burlesque, this type of performance comes with all sorts of stipulations and reservations. So, delving into irony and true camp enter—Pinchbottom’s Pretençión. The latter is pronounced in a snooty French accent, something that you will have to get used in order to enjoy devilish duo Jonny Porkpie and Nasty Canasta’s frolic through frivolity.
The premise of this production is that without pretension, burlesque is just getting naked and shaking your titties. Hence, the changing cast of characters (further performances include Jo Boobs, Legs Malone, Gal Friday, Little Brooklyn and more) helps our down and out heroine (Canasta) and her clown sidekick Tigger! find what they are lacking.
Don’t be alarmed if there is some jerky guy in the audience yelling at the performers, Arrogant Mick is part of the show. He, of course, represents you and all you ever contemplated about burlesque. But instead of just thinking it’s over the top, he actually voices those thoughts. Be prepared to here a hilarious (and dirty) version of a Willie Wonka song, see some prime stripping action, and get slightly annoyed at the exaggerated movements. It takes a solid crew of characters to lay the cards on the table and Pinchbotom does it well. Remember, you are allowed to laugh at the exaggerated skits, butt wiggles, and wardrobe malfunction. In fact, that’s exactly what they want.
>July 17 through 19, P.S. 122, 150 1st Ave. (betw. E. 9th & E. 10th Sts.); 7, $15.