After Richmond Varietease canceled the remainder of their shows due to ABC involvement, it looked as though it would be harder to find burlesque performances in the city.
Thankfully, the Richmond Triangle Players stepped in to offer their space as a home to burlesque troupes. According to Virginia State Law, the Triangle Players can host a burlesque show and serve mixed drinks because the theater “is operating as a theatre, concert hall, art center, museum or similar establishment that is devoted primarily to the arts or theatrical performances, when the performances are expressing matters of serious literary, artistic, scientific or political value.”
“Our first foray into Burlesque was hosting a show the Bouncing Betties did last June,” said Phil Crosby, Managing Director of Richmond Triangle Players. “That went so well, we booked a series of four or five more during the year with that troupe. And based on their happy experience, Deanna Danger came to us about hosting the “Grab My Junk” tour show that was here.”
RTP’s next burlesque show will be a performance by the Richmond Burlesque Babies on Aug. 24 when they present “Freeks, Geeks, Creeps, Oh My!!,” a back to school extravaganza featuring Binky Daze, Cali Blue, Foxie Faux Pas and Kamikaze Keiko as well as resident MC Professor Johnny Ram and the tag team duo of Robbie Wayne & Drako.
Crosby says he’s been contacted by one other burlesque artist, but not Richmond Varietease. He hopes that an arrangement with the ladies of Varietease can be worked out.
“We would be happy to figure out how to make it work of we can,” he said. “We are a safe venue for burlesque – confirmed by the ABC.”
Richmond Burlesque Babies presents: Freeks, Geeks, Creeps, Oh My!! takes place on Aug. 24 at 8 p.m.
Richmond Triangle Players has been RVA’s leading source for LGBTQ entertainment and theatre for about 25 years, but their lavished Scotts Addition location wasn’t always their home. Back in the early days, they performed on the third floor of the now defunct-Fielden’s nightclub. “It was a postage-stamp stage, you could literally watch the building crumble around [...]